Our army will protect people against ‘Indian aggression’, says Pakistan Army chief Bajwa

india Updated: Feb 22, 2017 11:33 IST

The Pakistani army will protect its people against forms of “Indian aggression”, the country’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said.

“We will continue our solidarity with people of Kashmir who are struggling for their right of self-determination,” Bajwa said on Tuesday.

Tensions between the two countries have run high since a September cross-border raid on an army base killed 19 Indian soldiers, prompting what New Delhi called retaliatory “surgical strikes” against militants in Pakistan.

On the diplomatic front, already chilly relations have gone into the deep freeze following recent tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats.

Bajwa also said Pakistan’s army was fully aware of “the Indian designs and its support to terror in Pakistan and the region”.

Bajwa also accused India of “committing ceasefire violations across the Line of Control”.

He said the “Indian ceasefire violations” were an attempt to divert the world’s attention from the Kashmir issue.

First Published: Feb 22, 2017 07:52 IST