Amid growing tension with India, Pakistan is conducting military exercise in strategically located secret border areas. Pakistani Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif and the army chief Raheel Sharif are reviewing the readiness of the army and the air force to deal with any situation.
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and General Raheel Sharif arrived in Khairpur Tamiwali near the border with India to witness the ongoing military exercise Raad ul Burq on Wednesday.
Two Pak security officials said planes, tanks, artillery and other heavy weapons will be used during Wednesday’s exercise. Sources say that the manoeuvres are taking place near border close to Bahawalpur town in Punjab province.
Helicopter gunships and ground troops will take part in the exercise, which comes just days after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed along the LoC.
Nazaz Sharif in his address on Tuesday said that Pakistan cannot be bullied by Indian “tactics” and its restraint should not be “misunderstood” as weakness. He warned that Pakistan was fully capable of defending against “any belligerence”.
After the reports of deaths of seven Pakistani soldiers, Sharif had said deliberate escalation of tension along LoC by Indian forces is a threat to regional peace and security. Sharif called on the United Nations to take notice of Indian violations, adding that India trying to divert attention from the Kashmir issue.
Pakistan has claimed that in recent Indian firing 26 Pakistanis had lost their lives, while 107 including women and children had been injured.