Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat says Indian-held Kashmir is ‘heaven’ and stresses the need to restore peace in the region. Addressing a group of students in IOK, Rawat said there was a time when people from across the world would visit the Valley, but are unable to do so because of the prevailing unrest.

Peace in Occupied Kashmir is not possible because of Indian state terrorism. Kashmiris are being deprived of their right to self determination.

Analysts on Telephone:

Maj (Retd) Tahir Iqbal (Leader, PML-N)

In my opinion Indian Army Chief has issued this statement without consulting the Indian government. The point is that Indian government has deputed a large army in Occupied Kashmir that has set the example of worst brutalities there. If India is serious for peace in Occupied Kashmir, it should call back its troops from the valley and automatically the peace will be retained in Occupied Kashmir. Social media has highlighted Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir in an effective way but international community is silent over Indian policies for the sake of its national interests with India.

Brig (Retd) Tipu Sultan (Defense Analyst)

India has never adopted serious attitude and concerns to resolve Kashmir dispute according to the UN resolutions. Indian forces are utilizing all available resources to suppress the Kashmiris movement. Many Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives for this cause. Indian government is settling Hindu Pandits in the held valley and promoting demographic changes. Pakistan has a clear stance that Kashmiris should be given their right to self-determination and will continue its diplomatic and moral support to Kashmir at all forums.

Dr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan (IR Expert)

A common man can easily understand the statement issued by Indian army chief for peace in Occupied Kashmir is just the part of the efforts to divert the attention of the world from Kashmir dispute. Kashmir movement has now gained momentum and it cannot be suppressed by force. Political leaders in India have also admitted the Indian policies have failed in Kashmir and now Kashmir is getting out of Indian control. International community has started forcing India to stop its brutalities and violation of human rights in Kashmir. The world has also realized that without resolving Kashmir dispute peace in the region is not possible.

Host: Dr. Shafiq ur Rehman

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