Pak will support people's struggle in Kashmir: Gen Bajwa

Pak will support people's struggle in Kashmir: Gen Bajwa

The army chief, according to a handout issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said Kashmiris had a right to live without fear and repression.

Pakistan Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday reiterated support to Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination.

“The violence perpetrated by Indian forces in Kashmir is state-sponsored terrorism,” he said during his visit to the Line of Control in Haji Pir sector of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. This was his fourth to the heavily militarised dividing line in the disputed Himalayan region after assuming the office in November last year.

The army chief, according to a handout issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said Kashmiris had a right to live without fear and repression.

“We will always stand by their rightful political struggle for the right of self determination and recourse to basic human rights,” he said.

He pointed out that India vented its aggression and frustration on the people of Kashmir as well as Pakistani villages along the Line of Control and Working Boundary.

“This violence riles up passions on this side of the LoC as the people of Pakistan cannot remain indifferent to the barbaric treatment meted out to defenceless Kashmiris, including women and children,” he added.

However, the army chief made it clear that Pakistan army would keep its response purely in military domain in accordance with its values.

Earlier, on arrival, the army chief was received by 10-Corpse Commander Lt-Gen Nadeem Raza, 12-Div General Officer Commanding Maj-Gen Azhar Abbas and other senior officials.

On being briefed on the situation along the LoC, ceasefire violations and operational readiness of the formation, he appreciated the operational preparedness and high morale of troops.

On March 24, the COAS had visited the LoC in Kel sector of Neelum valley, and prior to that on February 21 he had visited Mattewala, Munaawar sectors in the southernmost Bhimber district.

Last year on December 2, he had visited another area along the LoC in Bhimber district. On each occasion, the COAS gave away a message to India that Kashmir was the core issue and will have to be resolved between India and Pakistan in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people for a lasting peace in the region.