Pakistan will never leave Kashmiris, their cause: COAS

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Kashmir is an unresolved agenda of the realisation of Pakistan; Pak soldiers stood like a rock wall against terrorists; Now our fight now is against poverty, unemployment and economic backwardness

Staff Reporter

Rawalpindi

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said Pakistan will never leave its Kashmiri brethren and their cause alone and will keep fighting for them. Addressing a ceremony at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, COAS Bajwa said Pakistan will keep fighting for the cause of Kashmiris till the last bullet and soldier.
“Kashmir is Pakistan’s jugular vein and we will never abandon our Kashmiri brethren,” he added. Calling on the international community to play its part, COAS Bajwa said Pakistan gives the message of peace and today there is an atmosphere of peace in the country. “Pakistan has fulfilled its responsibilities in the war on terrorism and now the responsibility rests with the rest of the world to play its part.”
“A peaceful and strong Pakistan is our destination and we are steadfastly moving towards that end,” COAS Bajwa said, adding the country’s armed forces ensured the security of the motherland by rendering sacrifices both in the conventional war and the fight against terrorism.
The army chief said Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir and that we have always stressed on peaceful negotiations to maintain regional security. He emphatically stated that Pakistan’s armed forces have not and will not refrain from any sacrifice for the defense of the motherland.
Pointing out that Pakistan registered unparalleled successes in the war against terrorism, COAS Bajwa said, “Our soldiers stood like a rock wall in the war against terrorists and foiled the nefarious designs of the enemy. They sacrificed their today for our better tomorrow.”
The Army Chief said our fight now is against poverty, unemployment and economic backwardness following successfully confronting the menace of terrorism.
Paying tributes to the martyrs and ghazis, the Army Chief said the entire nation is proud of their courage and resolve. “These sacrifices and courage and resolve of the entire nation is the guarantee of bright future of Pakistan,” he added.
The Army Chief categorically stated that Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of the completion of Pakistan and it will remain so until the outstanding dispute is resolved in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people.
He assured the Kashmiri people that Pakistan will not leave them alone or at the mercy of circumstances. “The hearts of both Pakistanis and Kashmiris beat together.”
Turning to the situation in Afghanistan, General Bajwa said Pakistan will continue with its complete cooperation in the ongoing Afghan reconciliation process. “Pakistan has always supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. Due to intense diplomatic efforts of the last few months, the destiny of peace appears to be very close in Afghanistan,” COAS said. He added Pakistan will continue to extend its cooperation for a successful conclusion of this process as peace in Afghanistan guarantees peace in Pakistan.
“From 1947 till now, whether in traditional war or in operations against terrorists, our martyrs offered sacrifices and ensured the safety of the country,” the army chief said, adding that their sacrifices have not and will not be in vain.
Additionally, a ceremony was also held at the naval headquarters in Islamabad.
Earlier, the Army Chief laid a floral wreath at the martyrs’ monument. Bereaved families of the martyrs were invited to attend the main ceremony.