Pakistan Chief of Air Force Staff Sohail Aman on Wednesday said his personnel would respond to any “misadventure by the enemy” in a befitting manner, Radio Pakistan reported. In an apparent reference to India, Aman told media persons at the Qadri airbase that Pakistan’s response to any aggression would be remembered by future generations.
His statements follow Islamabad’s claims that the country’s jet fighters had flown over the Indian side of the Siachen Glacier, reported ANI. However, the Indian Air Force has said its air space was not violated and “categorically rejected” Pakistan’s claims. Siachen Glacier is the world’s highest battle ground.
Sohail Aman on Wednesday visited the Skardu forward base with senior members of his Air Force. Pakistani media reported that their Air Force jet fighters had made flights near Siachen Glacier on Wednesday morning as part of war exercises. Aman was reported to have flown a PAF Mirage by himself too.
On Tuesday, the Army said it had conducted “punitive fire assaults” to deal with “infiltration attempts supported by Pakistani firing” in the Nowshera region. “The nation should not worry about the enemy’s statements,” Geo News quoted Aman as saying.
Ties between the two countries have gone downhill since the attack on the Indian Army base in Uri in September 2016. Days after the attack, the Indian Army announced that it had launched “surgical strikes” against “terrorist launchpads” along the Line of Control.