*KAKUL: *Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has offered dialogues to India on all outstanding issues including Kashmir.
He said on Saturday that the peaceful resolution of disputes between Pakistan and India, including the core issue of Kashmir, can only be achieved through a comprehensive and meaningful dialogue.
“A dialogue is the only route to establish peace in the region. Pakistan remains committed to such a dialogue, but only on the basis of sovereign equality, dignity and honour,” he said while addressing the passing out parade of the 137th Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Long Course, 8th Mujahid Course and 56th Integrated Course here at PMA, Kakul.
The army chief said that Pakistan was a peace-loving country and it sought a harmonious and peaceful co-existence with all countries, especially its neighbours. “However, this desire for peace must not, in any sense, be construed as a sign of weakness. Our valiant armed forces are fully prepared to respond to all kinds of threats in a befitting manner,” he said.
“I also take this opportunity to express our complete political and moral support to the basic right of self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The peace-loving innocent citizens of occupied Kashmir are being subjected to one of the worst forms of state terrorism by India,” he said.
He further said that it was high time for the world community to wake up and play its role to find a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict.
He said Pakistan had also committed to peace and intra-Afghan reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan at all bilateral and multilateral forums. “We sincerely believe that there would be no peace in Pakistan, if there is no peace in Afghanistan. Therefore, we must work in unison with our Afghan brothers to achieve this goal,” he added.
“Moreover, we have done our part to cleanse Pakistan of the scourge of terrorism and extremism without any distinction and our efforts have started to bear results. We are committed to continue these efforts, not out of any compulsion, but to make Pakistan a safe, prosperous and progressive country,” he added.