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Any misadventure by India to be given befitting response: Defence Minister
February 15, 2018

Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir has said Pakistan would give a befitting response to any Indian misadventure.

In a statement on Pakistan's security policy in the Senate, he said any Indian aggression, strategic miscalculation, or misadventure regardless of its scale, mode, or location will not go unpunished and shall be met with an equal and proportionate response.

He said instead of blaming Pakistan without substantiation, India must answer to its state-sponsored espionage against Pakistan. He said the arrest of Indian spy Kulbushan Jadav indicates New Delhi's designs to use a third country for espionage against Pakistan.

Khurram Dastgir said India has failed to deliver justice to the 42 Pakistanis murdered in Samjhota Express terrorism eleven years ago.

He said hostile stance taken by India has reduced any advocacy of peace in the region. 

Turning to US failure in Afghanistan, he said Washington is not winning war in Afghanistan, despite spending billions of dollars and losing thousands of American lives and Pakistan should not be made a scapegoat for this failure. 

Khurram Dastgir said that the way forward in Pakistan-US relations is not through threats, issuing notices, and suspension of support.