General Raheel Sharif has said Pakistan is opposed to using proxies against other countries and will also not allow any other country to use proxies against Pakistan.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) said this while addressing participants of a course at the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad on Friday, according to the military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
“The contours of future wars are fast changing. While our enemies are stoking terrorism to demoralise us and destabilise our country, we are united, fully determined and capable of defeating their nefarious designs,” the army chief was quoted by the ISPR as saying.
Islamabad has long accused its neighbouring countries of waging proxy wars on its soil through local militants and separatist elements. Pakistan’s claims proved true when in March, an Indian naval intelligence officer was caught sneaking into the restive Balochistan province from Iran.
Kulbhushan Yadav was arrested in a raid near the Pak-Afghan border town of Chaman. He later confessed to having contacts with Baloch separatists and terrorists fuelling sectarian violence inside Pakistan.
The spy’s arrest has been termed “solid proof of Indian state involvement in terrorism in Pakistan as well as in terror financing” by the Foreign Office with reports claiming his case would be presented before the international community to prove Pakistan’s stance.