In light of the recent statements made by Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman, after making yet another overture to the Indian government, Pakistan has asked it to reciprocate for conflict resolution. Our stance has always remained the same; if New Delhi is willing to resolve core areas of contention between India and Pakistan, like the occupation of IIOJK, then our authorities are willing to extend a friendly hand to India. After decades of struggle, surely the region deserves some relief from a permanent contentious environment.
Both officials, FO Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri and COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa, echoed sentiments in line with the country’s stance of cooperation. They highlighted the fact that no progress can be made until and unless the Indian government accepts its illegal and brutal actions in IIOJK and pulls out from the region. This is only rational considering the degree of unconstitutional harm and oppression being carried out in Kashmir. The least that can be demanded is the restoration of the Kashmiri populations’ rights and adherence to the resolutions passed by the UN Security Council.
For too long, the tussle between India and Pakistan has disrupted the entire region’s potential. In recognition of this, Pakistan has opened up the line for peaceful resolution for all conflicts on multiple occasions but they have not been taken up by the Indian government. The hope is that now, in the face of increasing international scrutiny as well, India will choose the route that takes them towards redemption.