Srinagar: Pakistan’s newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said that Pakistani troops will respond to ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) with ‘full force’, according to a statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations, Dawn reported.
During a visit to the 10 Corps Rawalpindi and troops at forward locations along the LoC, Gen Bajwa said, “Each violation of any kind must be responded to with full force in the most effective manner,” the report quoted Bajwa to have said.
The Army chief was briefed on the security situation at the LoC “in view of recent violations and escalation by Indian troops and Pakistan’s own response,” the ISPR was quoted by Dawn to have said.
The COAS said India’s ‘aggressive posture’ aims solely to divert the world’s attention away from ‘atrocities’ being committed by Indian troops in Kashmir, the report said.
Gen Bajwa said the Kashmir issue will have to be resolved in line with United Nations resolutions keeping in view the aspirations of the Kashmiri people in order to achieve lasting regional peace, the report quoted ISPR officials.
The Army chief appreciated the operational readiness of troops and the ‘befitting response’ given to ‘unprovoked Indian firing’ across the LoC, the report said, adding that Gen Bajwa directed troops to keep the highest level of vigil at all times.