‘Chinese military supports Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir dispute’

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BEIJING :  Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday paid a visit to Peoples Liberation Army’s (PLA) headquarters and held a meeting with Chinese military leadership to discuss matters pertaining to regional security and intense ongoing situation in occupied Kashmir.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor, Gen Bajwa called on Commander Army General Han Weiguo, People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and General Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), at the PLA’s headquarters.

The two sides discussed regional security environment and Pakistan China defence cooperation, the military’s media wing revealed.

“The COAS apprised Chinese military leadership about consequences of the ongoing situation in occupied Kashmir if it’s not amicably resolved, for which India needs to respect United Nations resolutions and ensure the human rights of Kashmiris,” reads the ISPR statement.

“Chinese military leadership, supporting Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir issue, appreciated sane Pakistani approach in the interest of peace,” it added.

“The COAS apprised them [the Chinese military leadership] that Pakistan looks forward to peace but that shall not be at the cost of any compromise on principles or honour and dignity of the nation.”

The military leadership of both countries maintained that unresolved dispute of Kashmir would have serious implications for peace and stability of entire South Asian region.

Both sides agreed to enhance existing defence cooperation in line with history of mutual time tested relationship.

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