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ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that it is the need of the hour for India and Pakistan to “bury the past and move forward” and added that our neighbour will have to create a conducive environment, particularly in occupied Kashmir.”
“It is important to understand that without the resolution of Kashmir dispute through peaceful means, the process of sub-continental rapprochement will always remain susceptible to derailment due to politically motivated bellicosity,” Gen Bajwa said.
Army chief General Bajwa said this while addressing the audience on the first-ever event of National Security Dialogue in the capital.
Gen Bajwa also said that Pakistan, like other countries of the region, is facing “multidimensional challenges” that it cannot handle single-handedly, adding that a multilateral, global and regional approach is needed to defeat them.
COAS Bajwa further elaborated the explanation of national security and said that it also includes human security and development other than protection from internal and external threats.
The Army Chief said Pakistan has also undertaken unprecedented steps to enhance Afghan trade and connectivity by reenergizing Afghan-Pakistan transit trade agreement and also providing access to Afghanistan to export its goods to India.
Stressing light on the CPEC, Gen Bajwa said that it has been at the heart of our economic transformational plan. He said we have made sincere efforts to make the mega project inclusive, transparent, and attractive for all global and regional players with the aim of bringing its benefits to everyone.