LAHORE: India should not underestimate Pakistan’s military power and Islamabad is capable of thwarting any aggression from the eastern border, a private TV channel quoted President Asif Ali Zardari as saying on Tuesday.
He was talking to Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Tariq Majid in Islamabad. “Matters pertaining to the armed forces were discussed in the meeting,” an official statement said. According to the channel, General Majeed told the president Pakistan’s armed forces were capable of meeting any challenge.
Also on Tuesday, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and briefed him on defence preparations of the armed forces amid rising tension between Pakistan and India.
Sources privy to the meeting said he told Gilani the armed forces were on high alert and could respond to any aggression immediately. The prime minister was satisfied with the preparations, they said, and assured the army chief the political leadership would stand by the army in defending the country.
Gilani said Pakistan wanted good ties with India and peace in the region, but would not compromise on its sovereignty. staff report/daily times monitor