ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief General Qamar Bajwa visited positions along the LoC on Friday, accompanied by defence minister Pervez Khattak and foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. During the visit, the leaders interacted with troops and met families of martyrs.
The Prime Minister was quoted as saying on the occasion of Defence Day that while Pakistan did not want war, it was ready for a war as well. “We are ready to give the enemy the fullest response,” he said, adding,”the enemy is taking aggressive postures along the Line of Control… For Pakistan, Kashmir stands as its jugular vein. Altering its status poses challenges to Pakistan’s security and integrity,” Khan said in his message. He also castigated India for unleashing a “reign of terror” on the inhabitants of Kashmir on the Indian side.
In another message, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Bajwa described Kashmir as “an unfinished agenda of the completion of Pakistan” and said the people and armed forces of Pakistan are “ready to sacrifice anything for their Kashmiri brethren”.
The observations came on a day when the Pakistani media said the IMF would be sending its SOS mission to Pakistan later this month to identify ways to help the funds-starved government curtail the huge budget deficit — a sign of the sagging state of the economy. Recently, the IMF had granted a bailout of $6billion to Pakistan. – Agencies, IHN-NN