In his first remarks after assuming charge as the chief of Pakistan’s army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said that the current tensions on the border with India will ease soon.
Speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Change in Command’ ceremony at the army’s general headquarters in Rawalpindi, Gen. Bajwa said situation at the “Line of Control (LoC) will improve soon”.
The new army chief added that he had a heavy responsibility on his shoulders.
The comments came after the outgoing army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, warned India that “mistaking our policy of patience for weakness” would prove “dangerous”.
Diplomatic ties between the countries have been frosty since an attack on an army base camp in Uri, Kashmir, left 19 soldiers dead. India blamed Pakistan for sheltering the militants who carried out the offensive. About 10 days later, New Delhi said it carried out a surgical strike across the LoC against militant launchpads. Since then, ceasefire violations have been occurring continually.
Eleven troopers of the army and the Border Security Force have been killed in Pakistani firing so far.
The outgoing chief formally handed over the command stick to Gen Bajwa. signifying the change-over which was attended by civil and military leaders as well as politicians and diplomats.
Gen. Bajwa also called on the media for their support, asking them to play a part in the keeping the morale of troops. He said he would be holding a meeting with representatives of the media soon.