Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa reaffirmed on Thursday support to the Kashmiri cause saying “we stand with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters and shall never disappoint them.”
The statement was made during interaction with students and faculty of various educational institutions of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), members of Youth Parliament Pakistan and members of Youth State Assembly of AJK at the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) headquarters in Rawalpindi, the military’s media wing said.
Addressing the AJK youth, the army chief said Kashmir was “part and parcel of our soul” having an emotional bond and not restricted to geography alone.
The ISPR quoted the Army Chief as saying, “India’s deliberate targeting of innocent civilians in AJK and continued siege of innocent Kashmiris are worst examples of human rights violations.”
New Delhi on August 5 terminated occupied Kashmir’s special status along with imposing severe restrictions including a communication blackout in the occupied valley.
The army chief urged the youth to stay steadfast, work hard and have confidence in themselves and the national leadership.
The youth also conveyed their resolve and said that Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control “were, are and shall stay Pakistanis for life,” said the official statement.
COAS further said, “continue working hard as in your success is the success of Pakistan.”