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Pak vows to respond 'at the time and place of its choosing'

Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday strongly rejected India's claim of targeting terrorist camp in the country and causing heavy casualties even as it vowed to respond "at the time and place of its choosing" and raise the issue at the United Nations and other international forums.

At a hurriedly called special meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC)- the country's top security body - hours after India's air strikes in Balakot inside Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan asked the armed forces and the people of his country to remain prepared for "all eventualities."

"The forum (NSC) strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and the claim of heavy casualties. Once again Indian government has resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim," said a statement issued after the NSC meeting in Islamabad.

The country's top civil and military brass "concluded that India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing," it added.

It also invited the world media to see the facts on the ground and proposed a visit to the site.

The statement claimed that the "action has been done for domestic consumption being in an election environment, putting regional peace and stability at grave risk."

To take the nation on board, the government has decided to requisition a joint session of the Parliament, the statement said. Prime Minister Khan also summoned a special meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA) on Wednesday.

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