COAS for cordial relations with India but not at cost of honour


LONDON: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has stressed that Pakistan wants cordial relations with India but ruled out any bargain which puts at stake its respect and honour.


Addressing a gathering of Pakistanis at a program here, General Sharif said Pakistan has also made all out efforts to build and maintain friendly ties with its another neighbour Afghanistan.

The statement from the Army Chief followed the speech of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in which the latter presented four-point peace initiative with India. The Premier said the two countries should address and resolve the causes of tension and take all possible measures to avert further escalation.

On the law and order situation, General Raheel Sharif pointed out that some time back there prevailed a sense of hopelessness across the country but ‘we restored peace in all parts of the country including Karachi’.

He said the military operation Zarb-e-Azb against the local and foreign terrorists proved successful. The operation still continues and it will be carried on till complete elimination of terrorists, he added.

The Army Chief said there is a marked decline in the number of terrorist acts in the country, as earlier, around 250 such incidents occurred every month.

He said ‘we have played a significant role towards restoring stability in the country.’

Four-point initiative proposed by PM Nawaz at UNGA:

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting he said: “One, we propose that Pakistan and India formalise and respect the 2003 understanding for a complete ceasefire on the Line of Control in Kashmir. For this purpose, we call for UNMOGIP’s expansion to monitor the observance of the ceasefire.

“Two, we propose, that Pakistan and India reaffirm that they will not resort to the use or the threat of use of force under any circumstances. This is a central element of the UN Charter.

“Three, steps be taken to demilitarise Kashmir.”

“Four, agree to an unconditional mutual withdrawal from Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground.”