Pakistan Will Respond With 'Full Force' to Ceasefire Violations: General Bajwa
In this November 16, 2016 photo, Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa (Right) and Lt. Gen. Zubair Hayat attend a military exercise in Khairpur Tamiwali, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Muhammad Yousuf)
Pakistan's newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that his troops will respond to “ceasefire violations” by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) with “full force”.
“Each violation of any kind must be responded to with full force in the most effective manner,” Bajwa said during a visit to the 10 Corps Rawalpindi and troops at forward locations along the LoC, according to Inter Services Public Relations.
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, Bajwa said in his first public comments on the Kashmir issue after taking over as the Chief of Army Staff this week.
Bajwa, who succeeded General Raheel Sharif only a few days ago, said India's “aggressive posture” aims solely to divert the world's attention away from “atrocities being committed” by Indian troops in Kashmir.
The Army chief “appreciated” the operational readiness of troops and the “befitting response” given to “unprovoked Indian firing” across the LoC, according to ISPR.
Bajwa's statement came at a time when India-Pakistan relations are strained following the terror attack on an Army base camp in Uri and India's surgical strikes on terror launchpads in the PoK.
(With PTI inputs)