Pakistani Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed warned India and offered support to Pakistan's military while addressing a rally celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

"We don't want war, we are peace lovers. If we are attacked then bells in the temples will never ring again in India, there will be no grass in India, sparrows chirping will stop forever in India," Ahmed said.

He also emphasized the country's support for Pakistan's armed forces, saying "I want to give a straight message to Pakistan army, I want to send a straight message to General Qamar Javaid Bajwa (Army Chief), step forward General Qamar Javaid Bajwa, all of Pakistan is behind you."

Tensions have been rising between India and Pakistan over the status of Jammu and Kashmir after an Indian presidential decree on August 5 revoked Article 370 of India's constitution which guaranteed substantial autonomy for the territory. The document banned Indians from outside the state from taking up local government jobs, buying land and permanently settling there.

The move provoked strong reactions in Pakistan, leading Islamabad's authorities to announce they would cut bilateral trade with India and expel the Indian ambassador.

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