Pakistan’s outgoing military chief General Raheel Sharif today handed over the command of the army to the incoming Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. However, Gen Sharif did this not without doing what has become a ritual for Pakistani military officials — bashing and threatening India.
Speaking about Kashmir, Gen Raheel warned India not to take Pakistan’s patience as weakness. “India should know that mistaking our policy of patience for weakness would be dangerous,” Pakistani media The Dawn quoted him as saying.
The outgoing General alleged that India is carrying out “atrocities” in Kashmir. “In recent months, India’s increasing terrorism and aggressive stance in Kashmir have endangered the region,” he warned.
However, General Sharif minced no words about the terror emanating from Pakistan and unleashed on India at regular intervals. He, however, did mention that the Pakistan army will remain alert to the external and internal threats and warned India of its “aggressive stance” vis-a-vis Pakistan.
In his last speech as the chief of the Pakistani military, General Sharif also urged for the political solution of conflicting issues for regional peace. He cited the under development China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as a “major” factor that will ensure regional peace.
Under the new army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan has asserted that focus will remain on country’s border with India, even as the US has urged Islamabad to keep the pledge of not allowing the use of its soil for terror attacks against neighbours.
“The military policy will continue and there will be no immediate change in it (under Bajwa),” Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had told Pakistani channel on Monday.
(With agency input)