SIALKOT: Pakistan will respond “with full force” if India continues to target the civilian population, Islamabad’s defence minister said Saturday, after 13 people died when rivals traded fire across their disputed border.
Nine died near the city of Sialkot in Punjab province, and more than 40 were wounded on Friday, less than a week after high-level talks were aborted amid a row over Kashmir.
India said at least four villagers were killed in occupied Kashmir by Pakistani fire.
“We will counter this situation on all levels. If war is forced on us we will take good care of them,” Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told AFP.
“Absolutely we have the right to retaliate, and retaliate in kind, retaliate in full force,” Asif said after he visited the wounded in hospital.
He added: “If India crosses the international border and aggression is committed again, we will defend our homeland and inflict much more damage than 1965,” Asif said.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would raise the issue of continued aggression at a UN General Assembly session next month, Asif said.