The NCA is the apex civilian-led command headed by the prime minister to oversees the policy formulation, exercises, deployment, research and development, employment and operational command and control of the country’s nuclear arsenals.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had chaired a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) a day earlier during which it was announced that a meeting of NCA has been summoned today.
The NSC had rejected Indian claims of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and said that Pakistan will decide the time and place of response to the aggression.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Tuesday also warned India that it was time to “wait for our surprise”.
“I said three things: You will never be able to surprise us. We have not been surprised. We were ready, we responded, we denied. I said we will retain the escalation ladder. We have that initiative in our hand,” he said.
“I said that we will surprise you. Wait for that surprise. I said that our response will be different. See it for yourself. The response will come, and response will come differently,” he warned the Indian army.
He said that in the meeting today, the prime minister alerted the armed forces, all elements of national power, and the 207 million population of Pakistan to “get ready for any eventuality”.
“The nation is ready. You have seen the response of all the political parties. We are all one. Now it is time for India to wait for our response.”
“The response will come at the point and time of our choosing where our civil military leadership decides, and, as a matter of fact, has decided.”
Indian military aircraft violated the LoC as they “intruded” from the Muzaffarabad sector and were forced to return owing to the timely response of the Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said early Tuesday.
“Indian aircraft intrusion across LoC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJK was 3-4 miles. Under forced hasty withdrawal aircraft released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow,” Major General Ghafoor wrote on Twitter.