India’s ceasefire violations designed to distract Pakistan from anti-terror fight: COAS

Published: February 21, 2017
Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visits Line of Control's Mattewala, Munaawar sector on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visits Line of Control's Mattewala, Munaawar sector on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. PHOTO: ISPR

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that India’s ‘unprovoked’ ceasefire violations (CFVs) along the Line of Control (LoC) are an attempt to distract Pakistan Army from its fight against terrorism.

“Indian CFVs have a design. On one side it is an effort to divert world’s attention from its atrocities against innocent Kashmiris, on the other; it is an attempt to dilute our response against terrorism and militancy,” the Inter-Services Public Relations quoted the army chief as saying as he visited troops on LoC at Mattewala, Munaawar sector on Tuesday.

“The targeting of civilians along the LoC is deliberate and highly reprehensible,” Gen Qamar said, adding the army was fully aware of the Indian designs and its support to terror in Pakistan and the region. “Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is one such evidence of these efforts and his case will be taken to the logical conclusion.”

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Jadhav, who was arrested last year in March, is an Indian spy, who confessed his country’s involvement in destabilising Pakistan by supporting the Baloch separatist insurgency.

Vowing to protect the people of Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir against forms of Indian aggression, the army chief said: “We will continue our solidarity with people of Indian held Kashmir who are struggling for their right of self-determination.”

The restive Himalayan region suffered a rise in violence last year after the killing in July of a popular young rebel leader in a gun battle with soldiers. Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, but both claim it in full.

Lauding the operational readiness of the troops, Gen Qamar directed that unprovoked Indian cease fire violations be responded effectively. “Pakistan Army soldiers are known for their professional competence, motivation and selfless devotion for defence of our motherland and are backbone of the army,” he said.

Last week, three Pakistan Army soldiers were killed by Indian firing along the LoC.

According to the ISPR, Indian forces committed at least 178 ceasefire violations along the LoC and Working Boundary in 2016, killing 19 civilians and injuring 80 others.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • talha
    Feb 21, 2017 - 7:54PM

    The “kashmir issue” is the main source of our defense budget, how can we possibly give up on it?Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 21, 2017 - 8:09PM

    Who infiltrates at the border? Who pushes in militants with cover fire? Why there are random attacks in Indian Kashmir even when it’s winter with heavy snow? Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Feb 21, 2017 - 9:43PM

    There is no such place as Indian Kashmir. It is Indian Occupied Kashmir. Which is a disputed territory and not an integral part of India. As for the attacks they are committed by the local freedom fighter Kashmiris, who want to liberate their motherland from the per force occupation by Indian militarily!Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 21, 2017 - 10:20PM

    The GHQ has to mend its relations with India, otherwise the quick sand is only going to get deeper. Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Feb 21, 2017 - 10:32PM

    It is not a freedom struggle; the expulsion of Kashmiri Pandits has proved it. There was no military presence there until the radicalization started in the 80’s, thanks to Pakistan. The military will remain in Kashmir till the last extremist is taken care of.
    You also better check the UN list of disputed territories before making pointless noises. The only disputed area is POK.Recommend

  • Hidden truth
    Feb 21, 2017 - 10:33PM

    At the moment Indians are firing ever other day, thanks for telling us what are they doing in this garb. @Lumdheeng: Recommend

  • xof
    Feb 22, 2017 - 1:09AM

    thats my MAN…To the point. Recommend

  • Dr.Priyanka
    Feb 22, 2017 - 5:35AM

    Was Kulbhushan Yadav a one-man army? How come he didn’t have any associates? How is it even possible for a single man to do anything unless he was Rambo?Recommend

  • wb
    Feb 22, 2017 - 6:42AM

    All violations from Pakistan. India only responds. Thank you very much.Recommend

  • JKhan
    Feb 22, 2017 - 10:37AM

    Who does this favour? It is obvious it favoures Modi’s investment.Recommend

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