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India and Pakistan were close to war: DG ISPR

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Wednesday said India and Pakistan were close to war owing to New Delhi’s aggression.

During an interview with CNN, the head of the military’s media wing when asked if the two countries were close to war said, “Well I would say close to war because when they [India] violated the airspace they took an aggression, we went for response.”
On Pakistan’s release of Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman as a gesture of peace, Major General Ghafoor stated, “It is up to India whether they take that peace gesture and move forward towards de-escalation or continue the agenda that they have.”
“There is presence of troops at the Line of Control (LoC) for decades. But post the Indian aggression and our response the safeguards have been taken by both side,” DG ISPR remarked on the LoC situation.
He added that troops had been increased “because it is natural as part of military planning.
When the station gets hot there are safeguards. Those safeguards are in place on both sides.”
“We feel that now the ball is in the Indian court. Should they decide to escalate more the situation will go bad,” Major General Ghafoor asserted.
“A solution to the Kashmir issue is essential for regional peace,” he added.

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