Disturbing strategic stability can lead to dire consequences, says COAS during LoC visit

COAS visits Puna sector, offers Eid prayers and spends time with frontline troops

​ Our Correspondent May 24, 2020

Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday visited the Line of Control (LoC) and warned the country's eastern neighbour that disturbing the strategic stability matrix in the region can lead to dire consequences, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The country's armed forces are fully aware of the threat spectrum and "will remain ever ready to perform its part in line with national aspirations", the military's media wing added.

"Kashmir is a disputed territory and any attempt to challenge the disputed status including any political cum military thought related to aggression will be responded with full national resolve and military might."

The army chief, during his visit to Puna sector of the LoC, also offered Eid prayers with the soldiers disputed on the frontline and prayed for the "peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan in these difficult times particularly seeking Allah’s blessings for the nation to overcome Covid 19 pandemic".

"Performing one's duty away from home even on such festive occasions is a soldier’s pride and we shall continue to do so with utmost commitment and unflinching resolve," the COAS emphasised.

The statement by the military's media wing added that India is attempting to shift the global attention away from the worsening humanitarian crises in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) by targeting innocent civilians residing along the LoC.

"Pakistan Army is observing Eid solemnly in solidarity with Kashmiris under Indian occupation particularly since August 5, 2019, illegal, inhuman lockdown and ensuing atrocities."

During his visit, General Bajwa expressed hope that the international community will weigh in to ensure freedom of movement for UNMOGIP inside occupied Kashmir, as ensured by Pakistan in Azad Kashmir "so that the tragic consequences of ongoing atrocities and inhuman clampdown inside occupied territory is reported to the United Nations Security Council and the world at large".

"Indian occupying forces can never suppress the valiant spirit of Kashmiris who rightfully await plebiscite under UN resolution. Regardless of the ordeal, their struggle is destined to succeed," the COAS concluded.

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