In his first remarks after assuming charge as the chief of Pakistan's Army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa today said that the current ‘tensions on the border with India will ease soon’.
Speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of 'Change in Command' ceremony at the General Headquarters of the army, Gen. Bajwa said that ‘he had a heavy responsibility on his shoulders’.
“The situation at the Line of Control will hopefully improve soon,” General Bajwa said in a surprise peace message even as Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire across LoC on daily basis.
Gen. Bajwa, the Chief of world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers, also called on the media for their support and play a part in the keeping the morale of troops.
The Army Chief said that he will be holding a meeting with representatives of the media soon.
The comments came after the outgoing army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, warned India that ‘mistaking our policy of patience for weakness would prove dangerous’.
Exchange of fire at the LoC and a bitter diplomatic war between the two neighbours have escalated after the September 18 killing of 19 Indian soldiers in a terror attack on an army base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.
Gen. Bajwa assumed the office as the new army chief at a ceremony at the army HQ in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
The outgoing chief formally handed over the command stick to Gen Bajwa. signifying the change-over which was attended by a large number of civil and military leaders as well as politicians and diplomats.