Pak Army chief backs di­a­logue with In­dia

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of In­dia-Pak­istan dis­putes, in­clud­ing the core is­sue of Kash­mir, can be found through com­pre­hen­sive and mean­ing­ful di­a­logue, Pak­istan’s Army chief Gen Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa has said.

Ba­jwa’s re­marks came dur­ing his speech at the pass­ing-out pa­rade of cadets at the Pak­istan Mil­i­tary Academy in Kakul on Satur­day, said the In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR), the me­dia wing of the Pak­istan army. “It is our sin­cere be­lief that the route to peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of Pak-In­dia dis­putes — in­clud­ing the core is­sue of Kash­mir — runs through com­pre­hen­sive and mean­ing­ful di­a­logue. While such di­a­logue is no favour to any party, it re­mains the in­evitable pre­cur­sor to peace across the re­gion. Pak­istan re­mains com­mit­ted to such a di­a­logue, but only on the ba­sis of sov­er­eign equal­ity, dig­nity and hon­our,” he said.

Ad­dress­ing the cadets, Ba­jwa said that a “hy­brid war” had been im­posed on Pak­istan to in­ter­nally weaken it. “Our en­e­mies know, that they can­not beat us fair and square and have thus sub­jected us to a cruel, evil and pro­tracted hy­brid war,” he said, with­out tak­ing any names. He said, “I would like to re­it­er­ate that the na­tion and its Armed Forces are to­tally united and fo­cused to­wards our pri­mary ob­jec­tive, that is, erad­i­ca­tion and elim­i­na­tion of ter­ror­ism.”

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