Pakistan’s Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has asked India to stop “insulting Pakistan” and resolve the Kashmir issue through political and diplomatic means.
“India should realise that the peaceful struggle of hundreds of thousands of youth in Kashmir does not need interference from Pakistan or Azad Jammu and Kashmir. It is in India’s favour that they prioritise political and diplomatic solutions for sustainable resolution of the Kashmir issue instead of insulting Pakistan and using force against Kashmiris,” General Bajwa said while paying tribute to “the martyrs of the 1965 war” on Pakistan’s 52nd Defence Day at General Headquarters on Wednesday.
“Pakistan is a responsible nation. We did not bring nuclear weapons to South Asia. And even now these weapons are simply a guarantee of peace in answer to a neighbouring country which is high on power. It is this country which has brought unconventional war to the South Asian region,” he said, according to Dawn newspaper.
“Since 1971 Pakistan has remained a victim of terrorism. We have paid the price for the wars started by super powers in the form of terrorism, extremism and economic loss. We are abiding by our policy that we will not allow our soil to be used against any country, and expect the same of other countries.”
“I would like tell misguided people that whatever you are doing is not jihad but fasaad. Your country and your people are being hurt the most by your actions,” Gen Bajwa said.
“Not only is the entire country paying the price of the fire of you have set, but our enemies are also taking advantage of the situation… A monopoly over violence should only be the prerogative of the state.”
“We are keeping a close watch on the designs of our enemies especially as they attempt to destroy the peace in Balochistan,” he cautioned.
Gen Bajwa called on the world to “do more” against terrorism.
“Despite all our efforts, our countless sacrifice and over decades of war, we are being told that we have not done enough against terrorism,” the army chief said, referring to recent criticism by United States (US) President Donald Trump over Pakistan’s alleged inaction against terrorist ‘safe havens’.
“If Pakistan has not done enough in this war, then no country in the world has done anything,” he asserted.
“Only Pakistan has seen this level of success with such limited resources. From Operation Sher Dil, to Rah-i-Rast, Rah-i-Nijat, Zarb-i-Azab and now Radd-ul-Fasaad, we have paid for each inch [of gains] with our blood.”
“And now, I say that the world must do more.”
“We don’t want aid, we want your respect and confidence,” he said, responding to US claims that they had given “billions and billions of dollars” in aid to Pakistan. “Our actions and sacrifices should be appreciated.”
“We will encourage actions by America and Nato that will bring peace to Afghanistan specifically and the region at large. But we also wish for our security concerns should also be resolved,” he added.
“We have tried to help Afghanistan beyond our capabilities, but Afghanistan’s war cannot be fought in Pakistan. We have made well-intentioned eforts for talks and peace in Afghanistan. However, Afghanistan is a self-sufficient country that is free to make its own decisions. If even today they veer towards war, then we cannot be a part of this war,” the army chief maintained.