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Pakistan warns India against surgical strikes
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ISLAMABAD, Dec 25 (KUNA) -- Pakistan warned India on Thursday against use of force, said that it would "be compelled to respond if it happens".
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani addressed a gathering in eastern Lahore city, saying that Pakistan is a peaceful nation and does not want war.
"Pakistan is a civilized nation, which denounced terrorism. However, we are fully prepared to respond if war would be imposed on us", said the Prime Minister.
He said that under public pressure after Mumbai attacks, the Indian government is resorting to such adventure. In addition, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed the hope that India would not commit the mistake of carrying out surgical strikes. "We will be compelled to respond if it happens," he said while talking to the reporters in Multan city. When asked about the possibility of war between the two countries, the Foreign Minister did not rule it out but he said, "If war is imposed, we will respond to it like a brave, self-respected and self-esteemed nation".
"I want to give a message to India that we are the torch-bearers of peace and remain committed to our desire for peace", he said, adding, "Contrary to our reasonable, cooperative and non-aggressive attitude, some elements from India were issuing provocative statements".
However, we do not feel the need to do this. We have confidence on ourselves and we rely on God Almighty, said the Minister.
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