COAS vows to stand firm with Kashmiri brethren

Pakistan Army awards pilots who rescued French mountaineer in 2018

RAWALPINDI:  Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Wednesday said that the entire Pakistani nation is standing firm with Kashmiri brethren.

The COAS has also lauded the just struggle of the people of India-occupied Kashmir for their freedom and right to self-determination.

“The army is diligent in performing its duties. The struggle for Kashmir’s freedom is alive due to the sacrifices of armed forces and Kashmiris. We will continue to support Kashmir till the dawn of freedom,” he said in his message on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day.

The COAS said that Pakistan Army is ready to face any sort of aggression along its borders. “Indian forces are resorting to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and are deliberately targeting Kashmiri population,” he added.

In Indian Occupied Kashmir, he said that state terrorism is at its peak and Pakistan will go to any lengths for the Kashmiris. “The valley of Kashmir has been converted into jail where millions of Kashmiris are imprisoned. People of all ages are facing worst atrocities by Indian forces,” said COAS Bajwa.

The nation is observing Kashmir Solidarity Day for giving a united message to the world for standing besides Kashmiris facing unprecedented atrocities in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) amid inhumane curfew and Pakistan’s support to the self-determination right of Kashmiri people under the United Nations (UN) resolutions.

The Pakistani government has announced a public holiday and completed preparations to observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day in a befitting manner over the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

PM Imran Khan will address the special session of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK)’s Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad. He will also address a public rally in AJK’s Mirpur, whereas, human chains will be formed across the country including Islamabad’s D-Chowk to show solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri brethren.

Earlier, the media wing of the Pakistan armed forces, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), released an anthem titled, ‘Kashmir Hoon Main, Sheh-Rag Pakistan Ki’.

Director-General for the Inter-Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR) shared the anthem on social networking website Twitter to mark the advent of February 5, Kashmir Solidarity Day. Meanwhile, A special award ceremony was held at Army Museum in Rawalpindi on Wednesday to confer medals to the Pakistan Army Aviation pilots who rescued a French mountaineer from Nanga Parbat in 2018, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. 

The ceremony was attended by the Chief of General Staff (CGS) Pakistan Army Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, senior military officers and officers from Pakistan Army Aviation.

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