Chief of Army Staff, General Syed Asim Munir, has urged the world to ensure justice and deliver what is promised to the Kashmiri people in line with the United Nations resolutions. He made these remarks during his visit to frontline troops at Rakh Chikri Sector of the Line of Control on Saturday.
General Syed Asim Munir sent a strong message to the Indian political and military leadership on their irresponsible remarks against Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. He emphatically stated that Pakistan’s Armed Forces are not only ready to defend every inch of motherland, but to take the fight back to the enemy, if ever, war is imposed.
The Army Chief said we have noticed highly irresponsible statements from the Indian leadership on Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir recently. He said any misconception resulting into a misadventure will always be met with full might of armed forces having support of the resilient nation. He said Indian state will never be able to achieve her nefarious designs.
During the visit, the Army Chief was briefed on the latest situation along the Line of Control and operational preparedness of the formation. He interacted with officers and soldiers and appreciated their high morale, professional competence and combat readiness while performing their duties in challenging conditions.
The statement of General Asim Munir reflects Pakistan’s principled stance on the Kashmir dispute and the Kashmiris’ just struggle for right to self-determination promised to them by the international community through several resolutions passed by the UN Security Council several decades ago.
History is witness to the fact that Pakistani leadership and people have always supported the Kashmiris’ just liberation struggle. The father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, had rightly termed Kashmir as the “Jugular Vein” of Pakistan. Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, in his address to the UN General Assembly in September this year made it clear to the world that Pakistan desired peace with all its neighbours including India, however, sustainable peace and stability in South Asia remained contingent upon a just and lasting resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He pointed out that India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5th August 2019, to change the internationally recognized disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and to alter the demographic structure of the occupied territory further undermined the prospects of peace and inflamed regional tensions.
The Kashmir dispute has become the focus of attention at the global level after the illegal actions taken by the Modi regime on and post August 05, 2019 in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan’s arduous efforts and the grave human rights situation caused by the continued military siege in the occupied territory convinced the UNSC to hold its session on Kashmir thrice first time after the period of over 50 years. The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has repeatedly offered mediation to resolve the Kashmir dispute in the wake of heightened tension between Pakistan and India. The ex-UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, several members of UK parliament and US lawmakers as well as world bodies including the OIC, the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have expressed serious concern over the grim human rights situation in IIOJK. Even the International watchdog, the Genocide Watch in a statement expressed fears of genocide against the Muslims living in IIOJK and the Indian state of Assam.
It is a fact that permanent peace in South Asia is linked to the settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions and the Kashmiris’ aspirations. The Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir has rightly asked the world to fulfill the promises it made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The resolution of the lingering dispute is also essential for mitigating the sufferings of the people of IIOJK facing the worst kind of Indian state terrorism for the last over 75 years.
—Report compiled by Syed Kifayat Hussain