Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa urged for comprehensive and meaningful dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve all the outstanding issues including the core issue of Kashmir dispute.
“A dialogue is the only route to establish peace in the region. Pakistan remains committed to such a dialogue, but only on the basis of sovereign equality, dignity, and honor,” he said while addressing the passing out parade of the 137th Pakistan Military Academy (PMA)
The army chief reiterated that Pakistan is a peace loving country and wants peaceful and harmonious co-existence all the nations of the world particularly with the neighbors of Pakistan. “However, this desire for peace must not, in any sense, be construed as a sign of weakness. Our valiant armed forces are fully prepared to respond to all kinds of threats in a befitting manner,” he said.
“I also take this opportunity to express our complete political and moral support to the basic right of self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The peace-loving innocent citizens of occupied Kashmir are being subjected to one of the worst forms of state terrorism by India,” Bajwa said.
He also stressed upon the world communities to stand up and play role in solving the long pending Kashmir dispute.
Bajwa said Pakistan had also committed to peace and intra-Afghan reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan at all bilateral and multilateral forums. “We sincerely believe that there would be no peace in Pakistan if there is no peace in Afghanistan. Therefore, we must work in unison with our Afghan brothers to achieve this goal,” he added.
“we have done our part to cleanse Pakistan of the scourge of terrorism and extremism without any distinction and our efforts have started to bear results. We are committed to continue these efforts, not out of any compulsion, but to make Pakistan a safe, prosperous and progressive country,” he added.
Moreover, the army chief reiterated that the Pakistani nation and its armed forces were totally united and focused towards their primary objective of eradication and elimination of terrorism. He said that as a result of past and ongoing operations Pakistan had eliminated almost all organized terrorist groups and infrastructure from its soil. “We are now going after the residual and scattered traces of this menace under the banner of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad,” he added.
(WITH INPUTS FROM PAKISTAN TODAY)