Seizing Control of Portion of Azad Kashmir
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Thursday criticised a statement made by a senior Indian military official about seizing control of a portion of Azad Kashmir as a “apt expression” of the “delusional mindset” of the Indian army.
The ISPR director general tweeted early morning, “The unwarranted statement of a high-ranking Indian army officer concerning Azad Jammu and Kashmir is an apt manifestation of Indian armed forces’ delusional mindset and showcases the vivid imprint of domestic political showboating on Indian military thought.”
Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi
The tweet made reference to Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi’s remarks from Tuesday, which were in response to Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s comments on “recovering” portions of Azad Kashmir and his assertions that locals were exposed to human rights violations in the area.
According to Hindustan Times, in response to the minister’s remarks, Dwivedi, who is the general officer commanding-in-chief of the Indian army’s northern command, emphasised that a parliamentary resolution on the subject already existed.
What Did Indian Army Official Say?
“As far as the Indian Army is concerned, it will obey any directives issued by the Indian government. We are always prepared for anything,” he was quoted as saying in the paper.
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Another claim made by the army official from the other side of the border was that “there were about 300 terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir at this time, with another 160 waiting for a chance to cross the LoC (Line of Control) and sneak into India.”
Indian Army’s Repressive Use of Force
The Indian army’s repressive use of force and gross human rights violations against innocent, unarmed Kashmiris fighting for their right to self-determination, which is recognised by international law and enshrined in UN (United Nations) Security Council resolutions, are being hidden by false claims about “launch-pads” and “terrorists,” according to the ISPR.
Military’s Media Affairs Branch
Additionally, the Indian officials’ “lofty statements and bizarre ambition is intellectually demeaning,” according to the military’s media affairs branch.
The Pakistani military is an agent of positive change and a supporter of stability and peace in the area.
Pakistan’s Desire For Peace
This desire for peace, the ISPR cautioned, “is matched by our capability and preparation to rebuff any misadventure or attack on our land, a claim thoroughly validated on countless instances, including most recently in the Balakot episode.”
According to the ISPR, the Indian military would be wise to refrain from using “irresponsible hyperbole and caustic communication to shore up electoral support for their political masters’ retrograde worldview” in the interest of regional peace.