Army Chief calls for resolving Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of Kashmiris

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said that it is time to end the human tragedy in Kashmir as the nation observes Kashmir Solidarity Day today.

In a statement, Army Chief Gen Bajwa saluted the Kashmiris for their valiant struggle, braving grave atrocities, human rights violations and a lockdown under Indian occupation.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), tweet, COAS said: “Salute 2 Kashmiris for their valiant struggle, braving gravest atrocities, human rights violations & lockdown in IIOJ&K under Indian occupation forces,” adding that “Time 2 end this human tragedy & resolve #Kashmir issue as per aspirations of people of J&K & #UN resolutions.”

Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed today across the country with renewed commitment to bring the Kashmir issue to the limelight. The aim is to highlight the real face of India’s so-called democracy that ripped off the special status of Kashmir on August 5, 2019.

Last day, Army Chief visited Lahore and addressed officers of Lahore Garrison. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), COAS address focused on professional matters, the internal and external security situation of the country and his vision of an enduring peace within Pakistan and the region.

According to the military’s media wing, COAS also apprised the officers with the latest developments on Eastern Border, the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (II0J&K) and our firm commitment for a just resolution of Kashmir issue in line with the aspirations of people of Kashmir.

People of Kashmir and this region deserve peace. COAS also reiterated greater vigilance and state of preparedness amid new challenges of hybrid war, COAS said.

Meanwhile, President Arif Alvi and PM Imran Khan have also called upon the international community to hold India accountable for its crimes against humanity in Indian Kashmir.

In his message, the president said the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of Kashmiri people is key to durable peace in South Asia.

Calling self-determination one of the fundamental rights codified in the United Nations Charter, he said the denial of this right and subjugation of Kashmiris is the very negation of human dignity.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his message that Pakistan will remain unshakable in its solidarity with the Kashmiri people until they realise their inalienable right to self-determination.

“On #KashmirSolidarityDay, I want to reiterate that Pakistan stands united & resolute with the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for self-determination, which has been reaffirmed by the international community in numerous UNSC resolutions.”

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolute support for the Kashmiri, who continue to be subjected to an inhuman military siege and communications blockade since August 5, 2019.

The prime minister demanded India give access to the international human rights organisations, as well as the international media to investigate the grave human rights situation in the occupied territory.

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