General Bajwa asks India, Pakistan to ‘bury the past and move forward’

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Advocating for peace in the sub-continent, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday stated it was time for New Delhi and Islamabad to “bury the past and move forward”.

Addressing the Islamabad Security Dialogue, Bajwa added that secure Indo-Pak relations had been the key to unlocking the potential of South and Central Asia by making certain connectivity between East and West Asia.

“The Kashmir issue is obviously at the heart of disputes. It is important to understand that without the resolution of Kashmir dispute through peaceful means, [the] process of sub-continental rapprochement will always remain susceptible to derailment due to politically motivated bellicosity,” Bajwa stated. He added, “Our neighbour will have to create a conducive environment, particularly in occupied Kashmir.”

India final month stated that it needs regular neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an atmosphere freed from terror, hostility and violence. India has stated the onus is on Pakistan to create an atmosphere freed from terror and hostility.

Bajwa’s feedback got here a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan, whereas inaugurating the summit, had stated that Pakistan was making an attempt to herald peace, however India would have to take the first step to normalize ties. Khan had stated that having a direct route to the Central Asian area will economically profit India. Central Asia is wealthy in oil and gasoline.

Drawing references from the Cold War, General Bajwa stated frayed relations between numerous powers centres will finally lead to one other Cold War and that it’s these unsettled points in South Asia which might be dragging the complete area again into poverty and underdevelopment. “It is sad to know that even today it [South Asia] is amongst the least integrated regions of the world in terms of trade, infrastructure, water and energy cooperation,” he added.

Though, each Prime Minister Khan and General Bajwa didn’t specify the minimal steps that India ought to take however many specialists in Pakistan consider that some constructive measures in Kashmir may ease stress on the Pakistan authorities earlier than coming into into talks or restoring the regular diplomatic ties.

Bajwa additionally talked about poverty which he stated was linked with the regional pressure that had hindered the regional connectivity and integration. “Despite being impoverished, we end up spending a lot of our money on defence, which naturally comes at the expense of human development,” he stated. However, he added that Pakistan was resisting the temptation to change into a part of the arms race or improve defence finances regardless of rising safety challenges.

Ties between India and Pakistan nose-dived after a terror assault on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016 by terror teams based mostly in the neighbouring nation.

Subsequent assaults, together with one on Indian Army camp in Uri, additional deteriorated the relationship. The relationship dipped additional after India’s struggle planes pounded a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist coaching camp deep inside Pakistan on February 26, 2019, in response to the Pulwama terror assault during which 40 CRPF jawans had been killed.

“Today, the leading drivers of change in the world are demography, economy and technology. However, one issue that remains central to this concept is economic security and cooperation,” Bajwa stated.

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