Written byShalini Ojha
A day after BJP-led Centre took steps to rip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, Pakistan's Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said the country will go to any "extent" to support Kashmiris in their "struggle for freedom".
Earlier in the day, Bajwa presided over the Corps Commanders Conference held at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah said this decision will promote development in the state while effectively curtailing terrorism and corruption.
India's bold move, quite obviously, miffed Pakistan. Reacting to the development, Pakistan said it was "illegal".
"No unilateral step by the Government of India can change this disputed status, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan," the foreign ministry of Pakistan said in a statement.
"Pakistan reaffirms it's abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause and its political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir for the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination," Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi added.
Following the same line of thought, the media wing of Pakistan's military also "rejected" India's move.
"The forum fully supported the government's rejection of Indian actions regarding Kashmir. Pakistan never recognized the sham Indian efforts to legalize its occupation of Jammu & Kashmir through article 370 or 35-A decades ago; efforts which have now been revoked by India itself," Inter-Services Public Relations' statement read.
(continued)— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 6, 2019
....efforts which have now been revoked by India itself.
“Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end. We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfil our obligations in this regard”, COAS affirmed.(2of2). pic.twitter.com/tkbnGbGs0A
On his maiden visit to the US, Khan told Trump millions of people will give him wishes if he can mediate in this matter.
While Trump seemed eager, New Delhi maintained that the dispute will be solved bilaterally without third-party interference.
High Commissioner designate of Pakistan to India is already in Pakistan, he is to take charge on 16th August. However, Acting High Commissioner to India can be called back for Consultations: Pakistan media https://t.co/BrbW6M4NWH— ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2019
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