ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa while giving brief to General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr, Commander US CENTCOM on overall regional situation said that Kashmir is the core issue between India and Pakistan and without its amicable resolution according to wishes of Kashmiri people, the durable peace would never be established in the region and bilateral relations between the two nuclear countries would be normalised.
According to informed sources, Gen Bajwa said that India’s occupation over the Kashmir is totally illegal and against the wishes of people of the soil. “India has deployed over 0.7 million troops in Kashmir that means one soldier at 4 people which is absolutely unjustified and major source of harassment there. Human rights violations including kidnapping, rape and killing are on peak”, he said.
General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr, Commander US CENTCOM, called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the GHQ in Rawalpindi on Friday. Giving brief information on the meeting, the ISPR, media wing of Pak Army, said that geo-strategic environment, regional security, Pak-US military cooperation including Afghanistan peace process and Kashmir situation were discussed in detail.
Gen Bajwa asked General McKenzie to use US influence on India to stop the human rights violations and give the right of self-determination to Kashmiri people for which they are struggling for decades but India is using brutal force to crush the voice of oppressed people.
On Afghan issue, Gen Bajwa said that Pakistan wants to see peace in Afghanistan and doing its best to materialise the plan but there are some factors including the India’s interference that hindering in achieving the task.
Pakistan has welcomed the announcement about commencement of much delayed intra Afghan dialogue in Doha capital city of Qatar on Saturday.
The sources said Gen McKenzie explained US position on all issues discussed during the meeting and said that Washington too wants peace and security in the region.