Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said the Indian Army will always get a “befitting response” to cease fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).
According to a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army chief’s remarks came during a visit to the LoC where he was received by Corps Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas.
Gen Bajwa was briefed about the latest violations by Indian forces “deliberately targeting innocent civilians along LOC” and the Army’s response, said the statement.
COAS visited forward troops along Line of Control (LOC), briefed about latest situation, Indian troops frequent #CFVs deliberately targeting innocent civilians along LOC and Pakistan Army’s response.#COAS lauded officers & men for continued vigilance and professionalism. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/O0zNWKEr1h
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) April 29, 2020
Blatant atrocities by Indian occupation forces on innocent Kashmiris and unethical targeting of civil population in [Azad Jammu and Kashmir] is unacceptable,” it quoted Gen Bajwa as saying.
He said that such provocations by Indian forces are “a threat to regional peace and stability” and that the Indian Army “shall always get a befitting response” to ceasefire violations.
“Pakistan Army shall protect innocent civilians along LoC and defend honour, dignity and territorial integrity of motherland at all costs,” said the Army chief.
Gen Bajwa noted with appreciation the “operational preparedness and high morale of troops”, said the statement, adding that the officers were lauded for their “continued vigilance and professionalism”.
The Army chief also acknowledged the strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols and the “proactive assistance” provided by troops to the AJK government in its fight against the disease.