PESHAWAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday paid tributes to the martyrs and ghazis, saying that the entire nation is proud of their courage and resolve.

Addressing the main ceremony in connection with Defense and Martyrs Day and Kashmir Solidarity Day at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, the army chief said the sacrifices and courage and resolve of the entire nation is the guarantee of bright future of Pakistan.

The COASS stated that Pakistan’s armed forces have not and will not refrain from any sacrifice for the security and defence of the motherland. “A peaceful, strong and prosperous Pakistan is our destination and we are steadfastly moving towards that end,” he said.

General Bajwa said the armed forces ensured the security of the motherland by rendering sacrifices both in the conventional war and the fight against terrorism. He said Pakistan made successes in the war against terrorism which are an example for the whole world. “Our soldiers stood like a rock wall in this long war against terrorists and foiled the nefarious designs of the enemy. They sacrificed their today for our better tomorrow,” General Bajwa maintained.

The army chief said Pakistan gives the message of peace and security to the world. He said Pakistan has fulfilled its responsibilities in the war on terrorism and now responsibility rests with the world community to full its responsibility.

“Our fight now is against poverty, unemployment and economic backwardness following successfully confronting the menace of terrorism,” he said.

General Bajwa expressed serious concerns over the prevailing situation in Indian Held Kashmir. He noted that the innocent Kashmiri people have become target of the extremist stance of India’s Hindutava government. He said state terrorism is on the rise in the held valley and IHK people don’t enjoy any rights.

The army chief stated that Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of the completion of Pakistan and it will remain so until the outstanding dispute of Kashmir is resolved in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people.

He assured the Kashmiri people that Pakistan will not leave them alone or at the mercy of circumstances. He said the hearts of both Pakistanis and Kashmiris beat together. He said Pakistan is a peace loving country but the tyranny unleashed against the Kashmiri people is a test of our patience. He said the valiant people and armed forces of Pakistan are ready to sacrifice anything for their Kashmiri brothers.

“Kashmir is our jugular vein. We will fulfill our commitment towards Kashmir till last bullet, soldier and breath,” he said.