All disputes with India should be settled through dialogue

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Islamabad: Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Saturday that all disputes with India should be settled peacefully through dialogue, saying Islamabad continues to believe in using diplomacy to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, to ward off the “flames of fire from our region”. .”

General Bajwa said this on the last day of the two-day Islamabad Security Dialogue Conference which brought together Pakistani and international political experts to discuss emerging international security challenges under the theme Global Security: reimagining international cooperation.

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) said that with a third of the world in the Gulf region and elsewhere embroiled in some kind of conflict and war, it is important that we keep the flames of fire away from our area.

Pakistan continues to believe in using dialogue and diplomacy to resolve all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute, and stands ready to move forward on this front if India agrees to do so. , General Bajwa said.

His proposal for peace with India had a broader meaning as he indirectly suggested having some kind of trilateral dialogue involving India, Pakistan and China to create an inclusive peace, as he said that apart from the dispute in Kashmir, the border dispute between India and China is also a matter of great concern for Pakistan and we want it to be resolved quickly through dialogue and diplomacy.

I believe it is time for political leaders in the region to rise above their emotional and perceptual biases and break the shackles of history to bring peace and prosperity to nearly three billion people in the region, said General Bajwa.

He said, however, that the adamant behavior of Indian leaders was a hindrance.

Ties between India and Pakistan crumbled after a terrorist attack on Pathankot air base in 2016 by terrorist groups based in the neighboring country. Subsequent attacks, including one on an Indian Army camp in Uri, further soured relations.

The relationship deteriorated after India announced the withdrawal of special powers from Jammu and Kashmir and the splitting of the state into two union territories in August 2019.

India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in 2019 outraged Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled India’s high commissioner in Islamabad.

It also severed all air and land links with India and suspended commercial and rail services.

India has said it wants normal neighborly relations with Pakistan in an environment free from terror, hostility and violence. India said it is Pakistan’s responsibility to create an environment free from terror and hostility.

Speaking about last month’s missile incident, he said India’s accidental missile firings had created doubts about its ability to handle high-end weapon systems, which was compounded by its reluctance to share details with Pakistan.

The missile fired on March 9 fell in Mian Channu area of ​​Khanewal district and it was discovered a day later when the military shared details of the Indian “high-speed flying object”.

India, in a March 11 statement, called it an accident.

General Bajwa said it was a “serious matter of concern” and “we expect India to provide evidence to assure Pakistan and the world that their weapons are safe and secure.”

“Unlike other incidents involving strategic weapons systems, this is the first time in history that a supersonic cruise missile from one nuclear-weapon country has landed in another,” he said. -he declares.

He also said that a peaceful and prosperous West and South Asia is our goal and Pakistan’s national security policy focuses on promoting national security cohesion and harmony through the precepts of unity. and diversity.

Recognizing that it is regions and not countries that develop, COAS said: We believe that peace and stability in our wider region are prerequisites for achieving regional prosperity and development. shared.

Our doors are open to all of our neighbours, he said.

General Bajwa described the situation at the Line of Control (LoC) as satisfactory and quite peaceful, happily saying that no incidents had occurred along the Line of Control in the past year to the relief of the people. living on both sides.

In February last year, India and Pakistan agreed to strictly adhere to all ceasefire agreements along the Line of Control and other areas.

He said Pakistan believes in peace and uses dialogue to solve problems.

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