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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                    Borat
                    Nov 29, 2016 at 9:11 pm
                    Jaa dafaa ho 'Bhaisaa Jaahil Sharif'
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                      romi
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm
                      get lost fatso lt;br/gt;yr nothing but a barking street dog lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;all you did is figth the terrorists which your army and isi created
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                        romi
                        Nov 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm
                        get lost fatso lt;br/gt;yr nothing but a barking street dog lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;all you did is figth the terrorists which your army and isi created
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                          romi
                          Nov 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm
                          this fatso was figting the terrorists that your own pak army and isi created lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;pak army and professional ???lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;there is no difference between pak amry and jihadis lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;your pak army has no guts to take on indian army so using lt;br/gt;jihadis cowards
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                            dipak
                            Nov 29, 2016 at 9:31 pm
                            Big mouth and small brain.Do not show any patience or weakness. Attack India and than see.
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                              DD
                              Nov 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm
                              chal nikal buddhe
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                                Antony
                                Nov 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                                RAW should asinate hafiz s or s hudin to give the right message to s like CIA mossad or Russian FSB do.. just firing across the border doesnt change behavior. We lost total 24 soldiers and they lost only 18. The tally is not right!!
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                                  deep
                                  Nov 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm
                                  when he was in service then got humilation after surgical strike. now he is going he was addressing to ppl seems he want to fight election soon
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                                    Sriniwasan
                                    Nov 29, 2016 at 10:49 am
                                    I would like to ask the Timpot General of the Banana Republic when there is no peace between India and stan what is the regional peace he is talking about.lt;br/gt;As regards state terrorism,what has the General to say on the role of State and non State actors in the 2008 Mumbai attack?If non state actors have been involved,why are they moving around scot free?
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                                      harith
                                      Nov 29, 2016 at 10:36 pm
                                      PM; make a strategy to economically squeeze and fragment porkistan; it should not exist as a country; meanwhile carry on strikes on terror heads and their fundings; make hardline decisions
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                                        harith
                                        Nov 29, 2016 at 10:36 pm
                                        he is a barking donkey; nothing else
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                                          Dr Harry
                                          Nov 30, 2016 at 12:22 am
                                          Fatty Sharif knows Indian army all too well andone in time honored manners he fight like coward employing terrorists and dare not attack. So hot air from both end is just that. Surgical strike deflated his ego and his image took severe knock, his extension and chancer being promoted to field marshall so he could dictate Nawaz Sharrif went for a toss.
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                                            Ashok Kumar
                                            Nov 30, 2016 at 12:28 am
                                            Pak army has no courage to face Indian army . That is the reason the Pak army indulges in cowardice activities like terrorism.There will be more surgical strikes and even breaking up of stan .
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