RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday said that the violence perpetuated by Indian Forces in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) is state sponsored terrorism by all definitions.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army Chief expressed these views during his visit to the Line of Control (LOC) at Haji Pir Sector.
He was briefed on situation along LOC, cease fire violations and operational readiness of the formation. The COAS appreciated the operational preparedness and high morale of troops.
He said, “Indian aggression and frustration vents at the people of IOK and Pakistani villages along LOC / Working Boundary, but we must keep our response purely in military domain in accordance with our values.”
“This violence riles up passions on this side of the LOC as well as people of Pakistan cannot remain indifferent to the barbaric treatment meted out to defenseless Kashmiris including women and children,” he said.
“The Kashmiris have a right to live without fear and repression. We will always stand by their rightful political struggle for the right of self determination and recourse to basic human rights,” the COAS said.
Earlier, on arrival, the COAS was received by Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza and General Officer Commanding Murree.