“We shall befittingly respond to every aggression”; says Gen Bajwa

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has categorically mentioned the name of neighbour country India as an irresponsible country in his speech on Sunday while addressing the investiture ceremony at GHQ in Rawalpindi. He said that Pakistan is ready to tackle any odd situation and if the war is imposed, we shall give befitting response.

He said in his Urdu speech “Hum Eint (brick) kaa jawab pathar (stone) say dengay”. He referred that the Armed Forces of Pakistan in September, 1965 had defeated the enemy many times greater in might than it and were always ready to defeat nefarious intentions of the enemy.

RAWALPINDI: Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa giving an award to a widow of a soldier who died in war.

He was speaking to the investiture ceremony as chief guest and conferred military awards to Army personnel for acts of gallantry during various operations, here at General Headquarters (GHQ).

The families of those who were killed in wars, senior serving Military Officers and Soldiers also attended the ceremony. As many as 40 officers were awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), 24 officers and soldiers were awarded Tamgha-e-Bisalat and a soldier was awarded United Nations (UN) Medal. The medals of Shuhada were received by their family members.

He said, “On this occasion, I want to send a message to my nation and the world that Pakistan is a peace-loving country. But if war is imposed on us, we will befittingly respond to every aggression.”

He added that they had demonstrated this in response to the failed air strike at Balakot and the enemy should have no doubt. COAS said September 6, 1965 was an indelible chapter in our history. “This is the day when countless stories of unity of the nation, love of homeland, sacrifice and bravery were marked in history.”

He warned that neighbouring India — like always — has adopted an “irresponsible attitude”. He added that New Delhi took the “illegal step” of ending the special status of occupied Kashmir.

“India has once again threatened peace in the region,” said the army chief, adding that it was a fact that Kashmir was an internationally accepted dispute. He said that Pakistan does not accept “any such unilateral decision” of the Indian government.

“The founder of Pakistan had declared Kashmir as the jugular vein of Pakistan. We do not accept any unilateral decision related to Kashmir,” he. He also warned India that Pakistan would not be “intimidated” by stockpiling of newly acquired weapons by New Delhi.

On the occasion, the Army Chief conferred military awards to army personnel for acts of gallantry during various operations. In all, 40 officers were awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), 24 officers and soldiers Tamgha-e-Bisalat and a soldier was awarded United Nations Medal. Medals of Shuhada (martyrs) were received by their family members.