Reacting to Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s remarks that it was time for India and Pakistan to “bury the past and move forward”, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday stated he ought to again his rhetoric on peace with stable motion.
Bajwa’s assertion had come on Thursday, a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan made comparable overtures following an surprising ceasefire announcement by the militaries of the 2 international locations weeks in the past.
Addressing a session of the first-ever Islamabad Security Dialogue, General Bajwa had stated the potential for regional peace and growth all the time remained hostage to the problems between Pakistan and India–the two “nuclear-armed neighbours”.
Terming the Islamabad-sponsored terrorism as “the biggest hurdle to normalising relations between the two nations”, Amarinder Singh stated Bajwa ought to first management his ISI after which discuss stability within the India-Pakistan relations.
General Bajwa “should back his rhetoric on peace with solid action”, the CM stated in an announcement, including that India can’t afford to go comfortable with Pakistan “till they walk the talk and prove their sincerity with concrete actions”.
“Infiltration into India from across the border is still happening, Indian soldiers are being killed at the borders every day. They (Pakistan) are dropping arms and heroin into Punjab via drones every other day. Efforts to create trouble in my state continue to take place. All this should stop first, only then we can talk peace,” the Punjab CM stated.
“For India to trust Pakistan, the latter will have to do much more than offer an olive branch,” stated the chief minister, citing his personal expertise of 1964 as ADC to the General Officer Commanding-in-C, Western Command.
“We used to receive daily reports of firing and trouble from the western border as we continue to do now,” stated Amarinder Singh.
It is vital for not simply Bajwa however your complete Pakistan army equipment to be on board with the thought of burying the previous and paving the best way for peace with India, stated Amarinder Singh on Friday, including that it isn’t New Delhi however Islamabad which has obstructed the trail of peace between the 2 international locations.
“Are they all of the same view as shared by General Bajwa? Are they withdrawing all support to terror groups immediately? Have they asked the ISI to back off and leave India alone,” requested the chief minister.
“India is all for peace, all Indians stand for peace, but India cannot compromise on its security and integrity,” he burdened, including that peace can’t be conditional.
Given the best way the scenario has developed over the previous few months, Pakistan’s growing collusion with China, which has been inflicting an entire lot of bother for India on the opposite border, is a matter of concern, the chief minister stated.
“If Islamabad seriously wants peace with New Delhi, they should send out the message to Beijing, loud and clear, that Pakistan is not with them in the dangerous escapades at the Line of Actual Control (LAC)”, he stated.
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