"Let me reiterate that our armed forces stand fully capable to defeat all sorts of external aggression. If the enemy ever resorts to any misadventure, regardless of its size and scale – short or long – it will have to pay an unbearable cost," he said in his address at a special event organised by army at its Headquarters in Rawalpindi yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with India.

The remarks were a pointed response to a statement by Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag who asserted last week that Indian army was prepared for 'swift, short nature of future wars'.

This time the reference was towards India's cold start doctrine of war. Terming Kashmir as 'unfinished agenda of partition', he said that it should be resolved according to UN resolution which calls for plebiscite to decide its future.

He also warned that Kashmir cannot be out in the back-burner. The remarks come against the backdrop of heightened tensions and cross-border firing between Indian and Pakistani troops along the LoC recently.

Raheel also promised to dismantle the entire networks of militants in the country. "I reiterate the resolve that we shall not relent until all terrorists, their financiers, abettors, facilitators and sympathisers are brought to justice," he added.

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