On 1965 war anniversary, Pakistan Army chief rakes up Kashmir

Aaron Brown
September 9, 2018

The party in its mouthpiece, Saamana, said Islamabad's double face has been revealed when, on one hand, Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke about peace, and on the other hand, the Army chief asked his troops to "avenge the blood of its soldiers being shed on the border".

Rejecting the impressions of a divide between the civil administration and military, the Prime Minister said both were on same page regarding the issues faced by the country.

The Shiv Sena on Saturday criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government for its stance on Islamabad while objecting to Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa's remark on Kashmir, reported ANI. "If I had not become a cricketer, I would have joined the Army", he said.

Khan urged overseas Pakistanis to contribute to the dams fund.

Pakistan was the ally of the U.S. during the Cold War as it fought the American war with the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

Earlier, after the Pakistan army chief stoked the controversy, Punjab cabinet minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had recently visited Pakistan and hugged Qamar Bajwa, refused to comment on the matter. "The economic losses and burden on national exchequer is in addition to human losses", he said.

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Pompeo stressed the "importance of strong democratic institutions" in Pakistan, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a readout of the meeting Pompeo had with Bajwa.

Newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan had initially emphasized on promoting trade, cricket and bilateral talks between India and Pakistan. He also paid a tribute to the Kashmiri brethren for their struggle for right to self-determination.

"The resolution of Kashmir issue according to the United Nations resolutions was indispensable", he said.

"Sacrifices rendered by our valiant armed forces and the nation call for carrying on the spirit of September by forging unity among our ranks and fostering collective consciousness and wisdom as these traits are imperative to defeat the evil designs and conspiracies of the enemy", said President Mamnoon Hussain.

He said that Pakistan Army is the only intact and functional institution of the country.

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