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Pak Gen Sharif Gung-ho, says He's Ready For Any Challenge

Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif expressed satisfaction over his forces' operational preparedness on Monday. Gen Sharif said he and his men were aware of the regional situation and its impact on national security.

"We are closely watching the latest happenings in the region and their impact on our security," he said after chairing a corps commanders meeting in Rawalpindi. A statement quoted Gen Sharif saying Pakistan's military was fully prepared to respond to "an entire spectrum of direct and indirect threats".

It said the country's external and internal security situation and operational preparedness were reviewed at the meeting. "Pakistan's armed forces together with our resilient nation have surmounted every challenge and will thwart any sinister design against the integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan."

Gen Sharif 's remarks came hours after PM Nawaz Sharif 's adviser, Sartaj Aziz, called the Uri strike Delhi's "blatant attempt" to divert attention from "fast deteriorating humanitarian and rights situation in Kashmir'' after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani's killing.

Aziz rejected India's stand on Pakistan's involvement in the attack as "baseless and irresponsible". He claimed that the situation in Kashmir "was not of Pakistan's making'' but a direct consequence of "illegal Indian occupation and a long history of atrocities''. Separately , a Pakistani army spokesman said claims of Pakistani involvement in Uri were "unfounded and premature".

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