Lahore: Pakistan Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday raked
up the Kashmir issue and reaffirmed Islamabad’s support for “self-
determination” in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pakistan Army learnt a lot from the 1965 and 1971 wars with India
and had made the country’s defence impregnable by developing
nuclear weapons, he said at a Defence and Martyrs Day, organised to
mark the anniversary of the 1965 war with India, at the Army
headquarters in Rawalpindi.
The event was attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Gen. Bajwa said Pakistan supported the people of Jammu and Kashmir
in their “struggle for the right to self-determination”.
“We have learned a lot from the wars of 65 and 71. We were able to
further strengthen our defence forces in the wake of these wars.
Despite difficult economic times, we were able to become an atomic
power. September 6, 1965, is an important day in the history of our
nation,” he said, adding that Pakistani soldiers jumped into the fiery
pits of warfare but did not let the country be harmed. “The bravery
shown by our nation during the 1965 war serves as an important lesson
and an inspiration to our youth even today.”
Won’t fight other people’s wars, says Khan
Mr. Khan said Pakistan would never fight any other country’s war in
future and his government’s foreign policy would 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
Pakistan was the ally of the United States during the Cold War as it
fought the American war with the erstwhile Soviet Union in
Mr. Khan praised the armed forces for combating terrorism. “No other
nation has fought the war on terror like the Pakistan Army.” The role of
the security forces and intelligence agencies in making the country
safer against all threats was unparalleled, he said.
Mr. Khan also talked about 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. “The government will bring meritocracy and transparency in all
sectors by following the golden principles of state of Medina,” he said.