Russian invasion of Ukraine must be stopped immediately: COAS Bajwa – Pakistan

Kamar Bazwa, chief of staff of the Army’s Chief of Staff (COAS), said on Saturday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “must be stopped immediately”.

At the Islamabad security dialogue, General Bajwa expressed Pakistan’s serious concerns about the conflict, adding that “despite Russia’s legitimate security concerns, an aggression against a small country is unacceptable”.

“Pakistan has consistently called for an immediate ceasefire and an end to hostilities,” he added. “We support immediate dialogue between the two sides to find a lasting solution to the conflict.”

He said the Russian invasion of Ukraine was very unfortunate as thousands of people died, millions became refugees and “half Ukraine was destroyed”.

The army chief of staff said the clash gave small states the hope that they could defend their territories with small, agile armies from aggression by larger states by carrying out selective modernization of their equipment.

He noted that Pakistan enjoyed excellent defense and economic relations with Ukraine since independence, but relations with Russia have long been “cold” for a number of reasons. However, he added that there have been some positive developments in this regard recently.

Pakistan has sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine via Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft and will continue to do so, he said. He warned that continuation or escalation of the conflict would not benefit either side, at least not in the interest of all developing countries that will continue to face the socio-economic costs of conflict.

General Bajwa pointed out that there are two camps internationally: one that advocates competition and one that advocates cooperation, and which side prevails will determine the future vision of security.

“I believe that today’s world is built by people who believe in cooperation, respect and equality, not division, incitement to war, or domination.”

He said, “Pakistan’s interests can only be achieved when cooperation is promoted, not fighting between power centers.

‘Long-term and strategic relationship with the United States’

The Army Chief of Staff also spoke about Pakistan’s relations with the United States and other countries.

He added that amid concerns about competition between world powers, Pakistan is positioning itself as a melting pot of international economic interests with a focus on connectivity and friendship.

“Pakistan does not believe in camp politics and bilateral relations with partners do not sacrifice relations with other countries.”

Pakistan enjoyed a close strategic relationship with China, evidenced by the state’s commitment to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he added. .”

He said Pakistan “tried to expand and expand relations with China and the United States without affecting relations with the United States.” [either]”.

Relations with the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Gulf States, Southeast Asia and Japan are also important for Pakistan’s development, COAS said.

indian missile incident

In a speech, General Bajwa said that India’s “accidental” launch of a supersonic cruise missile into Pakistan on March 9 was “a serious concern”, adding that “We are committed to providing evidence to Pakistan and the world that their weapons are safe and secure.” I expect it to be safe.”

“Unlike other incidents involving strategic weapons systems, this is the first time in history that a supersonic cruise missile from one nuclear power state has landed on another,” he said.

Bajwa added that the incident raised “serious concerns” about India’s ability to manage and operate advanced weapons systems, as well as the “indifference of neighboring countries to not immediately inform Pakistan of accidental launches”. .

The missile incident first came to light on March 10 when ISPR (Inter-Services Public Relations) Secretary-General Babar Iftikhar shared details about an Indian “high-speed flying object” that was dropped on Mian Channu in Khanewal district.

India issued a statement on March 11, two days after the actual launch, saying it was “an accident.”

General Bajwa said today, “I hope this event will bring the international community to a realization that this incident has resulted in loss of life in Pakistan or the accidental downing of an airliner flying along the cruise missile route.”

He reiterated that Pakistan has called for a thorough investigation into the incident and that Pakistan has shown maturity and responsibility in that area.

‘If India agrees, prepare to enter Kashmir’

“Pakistan continues to believe in using dialogue and diplomacy to resolve all unresolved issues, including the Kashmir conflict, and is ready to move on this front if India agrees,” COAS said.

At last year’s Islamabad security dialogue, he said that it was time for the two countries to “bury the past and move forward.”

General Bajwa said Pakistan wants the China-India border to be resolved as soon as possible through diplomacy and dialogue.

“I believe it is time for the political leadership of this region to move beyond emotional and epistemological prejudices to break the shackles of history and bring peace and prosperity to the region’s nearly 3 billion people.”

Afghan Situation

“Pakistan recognizes that it is a region, not a country, that grows. This is why we believe that peace and stability in the wider region are prerequisites for achieving common regional prosperity and development. In this regard, our door is open to all neighbors,” said COAS.

He noted that while Pakistan continues to work with the international community for peace and stability in Afghanistan, sanctions and a lack of fiscal flow have created a humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country.

While the world, especially the West, is engulfed in the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine, he said, we must ensure that the 40 million Afghan people facing a dire situation are not forgotten.

If the problem cannot be resolved, the Army Chief of Staff warned that it would not only lead to a refugee crisis, but would also make Afghanistan the epicenter of terrorism. [the Islamic State] A thriving global agenda [and] More than one 9/11″ can occur.

He stressed that the international community should support the Afghan government. “The current Afghan government’s performance is unsatisfactory, needless to say, but we have to be patient and accept it.”

Instead of imposing sanctions – which didn’t work – he said the global community should encourage positive behavior change.

“While Pakistan shares some of the concerns of the international community, we believe a withdrawal from Afghanistan is not an option,” he said.

‘Indian Toxic Mixture’

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also spoke at the event, saying that Pakistan is ready to consider an “east-west” link to tackle poverty and underdevelopment in South Asia.

He said he needed a “willing partner” for the effort. “Unfortunately, we are facing a poisonous mix in India, an extremist ideological regime that thrives on anti-Muslim hatred and hostility towards Pakistan,” Qureshi added.

FM Qureshi said the missile incident reflected India’s disregard for aviation safety and regional peace and stability.

“This incident is consistent with India’s irresponsible behavior,” he said.

“Pakistan nevertheless continues to act with maximum restraint and responsibility. [Indian] provocation,” the foreign minister said.