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Pakistan Army to keep its response purely in the military domain: Qamar Bajwa

01 May, 2017

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Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday visited the Line of Control (LoC) in Haji Pir Sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated support for the Kashmiris "rightful political struggle for right to self determination."

After being briefed on the situation along the LoC, ceasefire violatons and operational readiness of the formation, the COAS appreciated the operational preparedness and high morale of troops.

According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) ─ the military's media affairs wing ─ the COAS said India had unleashed its aggression and frustration on the people of India-held Kashmir as well as Pakistani villages along the LoC and Working Boundary.

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

"The violence perpetuated by the Indian forces in held Kashmir is state-sponsored terrorism by all definitions," he said.

"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. He said the 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.

Earlier, upon his arrival, COAS was received by Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lt Gen Nadeem Raza and General Officer Commanding Murree. It was the fourth visit of the COAS to the heavily militarised LoC after taking over the reins of Pakistan army.

During his previous visit to the LoC in March, the COAS had dismissed Indian propaganda about the presence of alleged rogue elements along the unmarked dividing line in Kashmir.

“Indian propaganda regarding presence of miscreants along the Line of Control is aimed at spreading unrest in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, but it will never succeed,” he said during a visit to AJK’s Neelum valley. “People of Azad Jammu and Kashmir are fully aware of Indian atrocities in held Kashmir as well as Indian agendas,” Bajwa had said on the occasion.

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