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Pakistan Says a Policy of "Utmost Restraint" Continues in Face of Threat

Pakistan continues to exercise utmost restraint while it has taken minimum defensive measures for security of the country, in face of Indian mass military deployment in the Pak-Indian borders.

This was stated by Major General Rashid Qureshi, Director General of Inner Service Public Relations, on Friday at a press briefing in the Foreign Office.

Qureshi said that by making massive deployment and installation of arsenals of all types on the border, India seems to desire attaining capability of an offensive action.

Qureshi said, "Any deployment in excess of what is required on the border and the Line of Control, will be seen as a threat by the other country. So, one sees a progressive increase in the level of forces and the types of forces, with the Indian defense ministry saying that they have also deployed surface-to-surface missiles, which is a fact, we know about it. So, therefore, each step that they take and they have been taking is an increasing threat to Pakistan," Qureshi added.

Qureshi said Pakistan has only deployed such forces that ensures Pakistan's defense and that Pakistan continues to exercise maximum restraint.

"However, the Pakistan government will ensure that Pakistan retains the capability of a reciprocal action, depending on what the Indian armed forces and the Indian government does," he added.

(People’s Daily December 29, 2001)

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