FILE PHOTO: Pakistan Army Chief Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa Photograph:( Reuters )
Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa suggested ways of achieving peace and prosperity in Pakistan through military cooperations with India, as per reports by UK-based think-tank Royal Unites Services Institute (RUSI).
As per the report, General Bajwa had recently invited Sanjay Vishwasrao, the Indian military attache, and his team to the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad in March.
After two weeks, General Bajwa reportedly said that he wanted peace and dialogue with India. Bajwa while addressing a passing-out parade of cadets said, "That only through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue a solution could be found for the disputes between the two countries", as quoted by European think-tank European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS).
This came following Indian army Chief General Bipin Rawat's statement of April 15 saying that peace is the only solution to improve the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and it could be ensured through a dialogue between India and Pakistan.
He said that Islamabad “remains committed to such a dialogue, but only on the basis of sovereign equality, dignity and honour.”
The peaceful resolution of India-Pakistan disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, can be found through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue, Bajwa had said earlier.
Moreover, the report further mentioned that that senior Pakistani officer Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz headed the first ever high-level contact group with India as Director-General Military Operations.
The report added that another top officer, Major General Ahmed Hayat, the Director General of analysis wing of the Inter-Services-Intelligence (ISI), authored the so-called "India Plan" in 2013, which tried to ascertain how and when Pakistan should approach India, suggesting that Pakistan military would approach India after Islamabad strengthened it defence diplomacy without pressure or threats from Washington DC.
"It is a no-brainer that one cannot live in an environment of perpetual enmity with a neighbour six times your size, but the indicators have to be right," he said.
The report further said that with a sustained approach by the Pakistan military to India, it could only be a matter of time before New Delhi agrees to at least talk to Islamabad for improving relations and pressing for peace and stability.
(With ANI inputs)