On Wednesday, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that any aggression by India will receive a “befitting response”, adding that the country has the complete right to its defence.
In a statement, quoted by state tun Radio Pakistan, Qureshi said, “India’s bellicosity is aimed at provoking Pakistan, but we showed patience in the past and will exercise restraint in future too.” Pakistan “reserved the complete right to its defence”.
The foreign minister said that the Pakistan Army on Wednesday had downed an Indian drone, which “was an example of India aggression”. However, he did not give any details on where the drone was found.
He added, “We prefer the path of peace but our desire for calm should not be misconstrued as our weakness.” Qureshi also gave a “clear message to India to act sensibly and live with peace”, according to Radio Pakistan.
Criticism from Pakistan is not out of the usual for India. Both Qureshi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have increasingly become critical of India, repeatedly targeting it over the situation in Kashmir and the treatment of India’s minorities.
While there is no immediate response to Qureshi's latest comments on India's "bellicosity", the country has previously called on Pakistan to address the issue of terrorism rampant on their soil.
On the grounds of harbouring terrorism on its soil, Pakistan has been repeatedly criticised, not only by its neighbours but from countries across the globe.