Bukhari said the students were indeed provided with two maps but added that Rawat's observations were "totally unfair and unacceptable". "We will have to call their nuclear bluff", Gen Rawat said at a press conference.
He said the only thing stopping India was Pakistan's credible nuclear deterrence as there was no space of war between the two nuclear states.
Iqbal raised questions over the possibility of Indian inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, given the "irresponsible" statements made. "Should they wish to test our resolve they may try and see it for themselves", Ghafoor told state-run PTV.
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Two days after four Supreme Court judges accused Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra of assigning cases selectively, Justice Kurian Joseph - one of the four rebel judges - said on Saturday that they acted exclusively in the interest of judiciary and justice. While the border issues are never-ending, Indians particularly on the Internet, many share brotherly bond with the neighboring nationalities, Pakistanis are no exception.
Gen Rawat, who had in January 2017 for the first time officially acknowledged the existence of India's Cold Start Doctrine, in effect meant to reemphasise that the doctrine remained in place despite Pakistan developing tactical nuclear weapons to pre-empt its execution.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif warned that Indian army chief's statement amounted to invitation for nuclear encounter. "The general's doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah", Asif tweeted.
The development of Pakistani tactical nuclear weapons has been a source of concern for the United States, because it believes the smaller size of the arsenal increases the risk of a nuclear conflict with India.
An army jawan was killed in an unprovoked firing by Pakistan soldiers along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.