Pakistan’s outgoing army chief sends warning to India over Kashmir

"I want to make it clear to India, that taking our policy of patience (in Kashmir) as a sign of any kind of weakness will prove to be dangerous to it," said General Raheel Sharif

By: Reuters | Islamabad | Updated: November 29, 2016 4:21 pm
Pakistan, Kashmir, Raheel Shairf, Pakistan army chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, pakistan kashmir, Pakistan India Pakistan’s outgoing Army chief General Raheel Sharif will end his three-year term on November 29. (File Photo)

Pakistan’s outgoing army chief issued a stern warning to India over violence in Kashmir on Tuesday as he handed over command, saying patience should not be mistaken for weakness. Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has ratcheted up in recent months, leading to almost daily cross-border shelling at the Line of Control. Dozens of people, including soldiers and civilians, have been killed on either side of the border in artillery and small arms fire. Both sides accuse each other of instigating the shelling. “I want to make it clear to India, that taking our policy of patience (in Kashmir) as a sign of any kind of weakness will prove to be dangerous to it,” said General Raheel Sharif, who handed over the reins to General Qamar Javed Bajwa at a ceremony full of military pomp.

“Unfortunately in recent months, the rising state terrorism in Kashmir and India’s aggressive steps have put regional peace at risk,” added Sharif, who many viewed as the most powerful man in Pakistan in his role as army chief.

In September, India blamed Pakistan for supporting a militant raid on an army base that killed at least 19 soldiers in Kashmir. India’s military then said it launched “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control.

Pakistan denies involvement in the army base attack in September, and also disputes that any Indian incursion onto its territory occurred, saying it’s an effort by New Delhi to divert attention from rights abuses in Kashmir. Bajwa, who once commanded the Pakistani military corps deployed on the Line of Control, will be seeking to address the conflict with India, as well as manage Pakistan’s ongoing fight against Islamist militants in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and elsewhere.

He was appointed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – no relation to General Sharif – on Saturday, and has now taken command of the world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers. As well as controlling security, the army operates a vast business empire in the country and often dictates key areas of foreign policy, including relations with India and Afghanistan.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm
    The 1st thing is wel get u stop using terrorism as a means to take revenge u wouldnt like any of your family members loose their own in an attack like this say sorry and apologise n guarantee such things wont happen again
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      Dinesh
      Nov 29, 2016 at 7:56 pm
      He looks like Big Poofter Terrorist train B******
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        Dinesh
        Nov 29, 2016 at 7:53 pm
        is always Terrorist but Indians needs help from Israel to train Indian Army and needs to be like UK private education for Indian Army in Britain all private School where kids get Army training part time if they like it and they are Excellent they are trained to be in RAF,Navy and army that's why Britsh are best.
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          Shafiq
          Dec 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm
          Cambrian Patrol First prize 2016 Pak Armylt;br/gt;International Sniper tournament First prize Pak Armylt;br/gt;Deadliest Special Forces Pak SSGlt;br/gt;When there is at terror Attack In stan terrorist are neutralized in a few hours while in India if a terroist attack occur then it takes a few days and casualty rate of Indian army is usually high.All of this speaks for Itself.You guys still live in 1971 but at that time our Army was a 1000 miles away from home and was fighting on many fronts and was out numbered 50 to 1.stan is much much stronger now militarily
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            Shafiq
            Nov 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm
            One thing we like most about Rahil Sharif is that stan Army defeated so called Taliban who are far tougher and deadly warriors compared to coward Indian soldiers who only rely on being greater in numbers under his leader ship.He transformed stan Army into most professional and efficient force.
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              Amit
              Nov 29, 2016 at 11:41 am
              Look who is talking about peace, patience and warning. All neighbouring countries are fed up with stan and its terrorism. Instead of Kashmir issue, concentrate on the things happening there.
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                Arshadulla Khan
                Nov 29, 2016 at 11:31 am
                A departing dog warning a sleeping lion. The now has all the time to enjoy his loot and relax over a bottle of whisky... Just bugger off and shove your warning in your behind Raheel.
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                  avi
                  Nov 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm
                  Departing despots do bark rather LOUDLY !!!
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