General Bajwa Says Pakistan Ready To Move Forward on Kashmir if India Agrees

Bajwa said Pakistan also wanted the Sino-India border to be resolved soon through diplomacy and dialogue.

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Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has said that his country is ready to move forward and resolve issues including Kashmir if India agrees, according to a Dawn report.

"Pakistan continues to believe in using dialogue and diplomacy to resolve all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute and is ready to move forward on this front if India also agrees to do so," he said.

At the Islamabad Security Dialogue last year he had said it was time for both countries to "bury the past and move forward".

Bajwa noted that stable Indo-Pak relations were the key to unlocking the potential of South and Central Asia and highlighted the importance of keeping conflict away from the region.

He said Pakistan wanted the Sino-India border to be resolved soon through diplomacy and dialogue as well, according to the report.

"I believe it is time for the political leadership of the region to rise above their emotional and perceptional biases and break the shackles of history to bring peace and prosperity to almost three billion people of the region."
Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa

‘Expect India To Provide Evidence Weapons Are Safe’

In his speech, Bajwa reportedly called India's accidental launching of a supersonic cruise missile into Pakistan in March a matter of "serious concern," saying he expected India to "provide evidence to assure Pakistan and the world that their weapons are safe and secure".

"Unlike other incidents involving strategic weapons systems, this is the first time in history that a supersonic cruise missile from one nuclear-armed nation has landed in another," he said.

The incident had raised "serious concerns" about India's ability to manage and operate high-end weapons systems, Bajwa added.

He said that the India's "indifferent attitude in not informing Pakistan immediately about the inadvertent launch" was equally concerning, the newspaper reported.

(With inputs from Dawn.)

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