Risalpur (Web Desk): Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat on Thursday said Pakistan's armed forces are fully capable, prepared and motivated to respond to the entire spectrum of threats.
Addressing the passing out parade of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) cadets at Asghar Khan Academy in Risalpur, the CJCSC said being sons of the soil, we will defend the motherland with our sweat and blood with the support of the nation, the Radio Pakistan reported.
General Zubair Mahmood Hayat said Pakistan is a peace loving nation and desires harmonious relations with all countries especially the neighbours. He, however, said this desire must not be construed wrongly.
The CJCSC said as a nation we have rendered great human and material sacrifices for lasting peace in the region.
“Pakistan will not make any compromise on the interest of its nation, territorial integrity and sovereignty”, General Zubair categorically stated.
He said Pakistan will not allow any country or hostile agency to misrepresent our intent or action.
“Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and has noted the pronouncements from the eastern border indicating possible changes in policy and posture in various aspects of nuclear domain”, the CJCSC added.
He said Pakistan has kept a close eye on the strategic force development and deployment of the ballistic missile defense.
General Zubair Mahmood Hayat said Pakistan has a credible, potent, reliable and effective strategic capability which will continue to provide full range of real options to the national command authority. He said our policy of full spectrum deterrence underpin our national strategy in this regard.
The CJCSC said Pakistan's strategic and nuclear programme is fundamental part of our national security construct. “Pakistan will continue to maintain strategic balance in South Asia at all costs without indulging in the arms race”, he said.
Referring to the fascist and racist policies of India, the CJCSC said these pose threat to the whole region.
General Zubair said PAF once against proved its superiority when it took the enemy by surprise. He appreciated the PAF for shooting down the two aircraft of the enemy in the dogfight and arresting one of the pilots.
“There can be no lasting peace in South Asia without the just settlement of Kashmir dispute,” The CJCSC said.
“Pakistan rejects forceful annexation of occupied Kashmir by India. This is illegal and not acceptable to Kashmiris or Pakistan”, he said.
The CJCSC strongly condemned the blatant human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and said the indefinite curfew and lockdown in the held valley is a blot on the human conscience.
He said Pakistan will continue its moral, diplomatic and political support to their Kashmiri brethern. He said Kashmir runs in our blood because Kashmir is Pakistan and Pakistan is Kashmir.
Referring to Afghanistan, the CJCSC said Pakistan has meaningfully contributed to regional peace and stability.
He said despite recent events, Pakistan shall continue all out efforts for the Afghan peace process which leads to an enduring peace and stability in Afghanistan.