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Pak backs ‘self-determination’ in Kashmir

Islamabad, September 7, 2018:  Raking up the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reaffirmed Islamabad’s support for “self-determination” in Jammu and Kashmir. He also said the Pakistan army learnt a lot from the 1965 and 1971 wars with India and has made the country's defence impregnable by developing nuclear weapons. Addressing the Defence and Martyrs Day ceremony organised at the Pakistan army headquarters in Rawalpindi on Thursday, attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Bajwa said Pakistan supported the people in J&K in their “struggle for the right to self-determination”.

Pakistan observes September 6 as the Defence and Martyrs Day to mark the anniversary of the 1965 war with India. “We have learned a lot from the combats of 1965 and 1971. After those wars, we were able to further strengthen our defence forces. Regardless of hard financial times, we were able to become an atomic power,” Bajwa said.

Pak backs ‘self-determination’ in Kashmir
PM Khan, in his address, said Pakistan will never fight any other country's war in future and his government's foreign policy will be in the best interest of the nation. "We will not become part of a war of any other country (in future)...Our foreign policy will be in the best interest of the nation," he said, apparently referring to the country's involvement in neighbouring Afghanistan. He also praised the Pakistani armed forces for combating terrorism. “There is no other country has fought the war on terror like the Pakistan army,” he said. The PM also talked of investing in human capital by sending children to schools and building hospitals and system of merit so that everyone is treated equally on the pattern of first Muslim state of Medina.

‘NEW PAK GOVT OPENS POLITICAL WINDOW’
Bilateral relations received a setback after the (terrorist) attacks on Pathankot and Uri. But after the new government came in Pakistan (under Imran Khan), a new political window opened up and we are filled with cautious hope. Ajay Bisaria, INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO PAK.


Source: The Tribune