In a response to Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks, Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday challenged India to test Pakistan’s resolve over a nuclear war.

In a tweet, Asif wrote, “Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief,not befitting his office. Amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter.If that is what they desire,they are welcome to test our resolve.The general’s doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah.”

Army Chief Rawat on Friday had said that the Indian force was ready to call Pakistan’s “nuclear bluff”.

“We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff,” Gen. Rawat had said in a response to a question during a press conference on possibility of Pakistan using its nuclear weapons in case the situation along the border deteriorates.

After Asif, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal took to Twitter and said “The threatening and irresponsible statement by the Indian Army Chief today is representative of a sinister mindset that has taken hold of India. Pakistan has demonstrated deterrence capability.”

“These are not issues to be taken lightly. There must not be any misadventure based on miscalculation. Pakistan is fully capable of defending itself,” he added.