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Will respond at the time and place of our choosing: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday announced to respond the Indian aggression at the time and place of its choosing.

The National Security Committee, which met here with Prime Minister in the chair, rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot which New Delhi said had resulted in heavy casualties.

“Once again Indian government has resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim,” a statement issued after the NSC meeting said.

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by top civil-military leadership said that the action “has been done for domestic consumption being an election environment, putting regional peace and stability at grave risk”.

The NSC resolved that India had committed an “uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing”.

The government decided to take local and foreign media to the site of the alleged strike site in Balakot. “The claimed area of the strike is open for the world to see the facts on the ground. For this domestic and international media is being taken to the impact site,” the statement added.

The prime minister directed “elements of national power including the armed forces and the people of Pakistan to remain prepared for all eventualities.”

In this regard, he will engage with global leadership to expose irresponsible Indian policy in the region.

The prime minister lauded timely and effective response of the PAF to “repulse Indian attempt without any loss of life or property.”