Pakistan’s powerful Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa stated on Thursday that it was time for India and Pakistan to “bury the past and move on”, a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan made similar overtures towards New Delhi following an unforeseen ceasefire statement by the armed forces of the two nations last month.
Attending to a session of the first-ever Islamabad Security Discussion here, Gen Bajwa also stated that the potential for local peace and development always remained captive to the conflicts and issues in between Pakistan and India – the two “nuclear-armed neighbours”.
“We feel it is time to bury the past and move on,” he stated, including that the duty for a meaningful discussion rested with India.India last month said that it desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of horror, hostility and violence. India has stated the onus is on Pakistan to develop an environment free of horror and hostility.India has actually likewise told Pakistan that “talks and terror” can not go together and has asked Islamabad to take verifiable steps versus terror groups responsible for launching various attacks on India.Gen Bajwa’s remarks came a day after Prime Minister Khan made a comparable declaration at the exact same venue.Khan stated on Wednesday that India will be benefitted economically by having peace with Pakistan as it will allow New Delhi to directly access the resource-rich Central Asia area through Pakistani area.”India will have to take the initial step. Unless they do so, we can not do much,” Khan said while providing the inaugural address at the launch of the two-day Dialogue.Khan said that having a direct path to the Main Asian region will financially benefit India. Central Asia is abundant in oil and gas.Central Asia, in the modern-day context, generally includes five resource-rich countries– Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.In his address, Gen Bajwa likewise stated that peace between Pakistan and India would assist to “open the potential of South and Central Asia” by guaranteeing connectivity in between East and West Asia.The effective army, which has actually ruled Pakistan for over half of its 73 plus years of existence, has hitherto wielded substantial power in the matters of security and foreign policy.Their remarks came weeks after the armed forces of India and Pakistan revealed on February 25 that they have actually consented to strictly observe all contracts on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors.India and Pakistan signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003, however it had barely been followed in letter and spirit over the past a number of years with more offenses than observance of the pact.”Our neighbour will have to produce a conducive environment, especially” in Kashmir, Gen Bajwa stated in his address, adding that any effort to improve ties without resolving the core issue would be vulnerable to external political elements.”The Kashmir concern is at the heart of this. It is necessary to comprehend that without the resolution of the Kashmir disagreement through serene methods, the process will constantly stay vulnerable to derailment to politically motivated bellicosity,” he said.Though, both Prime Minister Khan and Gen Bajwa didn’t define the minimum steps that India need to take but many professionals in Pakistan think that some favorable measures in Kashmir might relieve pressure on the Pakistan federal government before participating in talks or bring back the normal diplomatic ties.Gen Bajwa also talked about hardship which he said was linked with the regional stress that had prevented the regional connection and integration.”In spite of being impoverished, we wind up spending a lot of our cash on defence, which naturally comes at the cost of human development,” he said.However, he added that Pakistan was resisting the temptation to enter into the arms race or increase defence spending plan in spite of increasing security obstacles.”This has not been simple, specifically when you live in a hostile and unsteady neighbourhood. However having stated that, let me state that we are ready to improve our environment by fixing all our impressive problems with our neighbours through discussion in a dignified and tranquil way,” he said.Ties between India and Pakistan nose-dived after a horror attack on the Pathankot Flying force base in 2016 by fear groups based in the neighbouring country. Subsequent attacks, including one on Indian Army camp in Uri, further weakened the relationship.The relationship dipped even more after India’s war airplanes pounded a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training school deep inside Pakistan on February 26, 2019 in reaction to the Pulwama horror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.The relations weakened after India announced withdrawing unique powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into 2 union areas in August, 2019. Discussing the concept of national security, Gen Bajwa stated that it was not just about protecting countries from an external and internal threat.”Today, the leading chauffeurs of change in the world are demography, economy and technology … Nevertheless, one problem that remains main to this principle is financial security and cooperation,” he said.He stated that considering that nationwide security included ensuring human security, nationwide progress and advancement, it was not entirely the function of the militaries and needed a national effort to safeguard a nation.