Pakistan, Indian Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi said, “We are ready to take back Azad Jammu Kashmir.” Reacting to his statements, he announced that “Pakistani army is strong enough to protect its borders”.
In a statement from the Pakistani army, Indian Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Dwivedi said, “We are ready to take back Azad Jammu Kashmir if the order is given.” It was emphasized that the statement was a manifestation of the “dreamy mentality” of the Indian Armed Forces.
The statement denied Dwivedi’s statements and underlined that this was an attempt to divert the world’s attention from the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
It was noted that the Pakistani army is strong enough to protect its borders.
According to the news on NDTV television, Indian Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi said on November 22, “We are ready to take back Azad Jammu Kashmir if the order is given.” had used the phrase.
Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh used a similar statement on October 28, saying that they were determined to take back Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Azad Jammu Kashmir is located within the borders of Pakistan.
As Britain withdrew from India, which it ruled as a colony, in 1947, Kashmir, which was a principality at the time, was faced with the choice of uniting with newly independent India or Pakistan.
Although the people of Kashmir, whose population is 90 percent Muslim, took a stand in favor of joining Pakistan in 1947, the prince of the time decided to unite with India.
The decision was opposed by the Muslim people of Kashmir. The sides fought for the first time in 1947, when Pakistan and India sent troops to the region. For the same reason, war broke out between the two countries in 1965 and 1999.
As a result of the temporary ceasefire after the wars, 45 percent of Kashmir remained under Indian control and 35 percent by Pakistan. A portion of 20 percent in the east of the region was given to neighboring China.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), with its resolutions taken since 1948, foresees the demilitarization of Kashmir and the determination of its future by popular vote.
While the Indian administration adopts a stance against the plebiscite, Pakistan wants the UNSC resolutions to be implemented.
On the other hand, India abolished the special status of Jammu Kashmir on 5 August 2019 and divided the state into two union territories under the central government.
After this step, tensions between Pakistan and India increased.