President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday, while lauding immense sacrifices of the civilian and armed forces of Pakistan in the war on terror, cautioned that next few months could be tense in the context of security situation due to emerging situation in the country on the western border of Pakistan. The president was addressing a ceremony held here to commemorate the unmatched sacrifices of Islamabad Capital Territory Police on Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Police. The president said that India was sabotaging peace in Pakistan as they never tolerated it to move on the path of progress and prosperity. India had also been involved in Lahore terrorist blast case, he added. He said that Pakistan had proved to the world that it was a peace-loving country and stood for peace and stability of the region. The president said security forces of Pakistan and the nation had rendered unmatched sacrifices in the war on terror. About 70,000 precious lives had been lost in that war. “Hats off to the civilian and armed forces of Pakistan who had been successful in defeating the menace. No country in the world succeeded in this way, even a super power could not control it after spending a whopping amount of about 2$trillion in Afghanistan,” he added. The president opined that no nation could force its decision on the other nation. He said that he always felt immensely proud over the spirit of the nation and the families of martyrs who were even ready to offer more sacrifices for the country when the occasion arose. Separately, President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan stands solidly by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the right of self-determination and will continue to highlight the Jammu and Kashmir dispute at the international level. “Our ultimate objective remains the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute as per relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiris people,” he said in his message on the Youm-e-Istehsal (August 5) being observed on Thursday. On August 5, 2019, he said, India in violation of the international law and norms undertook illegal and unilateral actions in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) to further perpetuate its occupation. Through its illegal actions, the president added, India tried to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory and eliminate the distinct identity of the Kashmiris people in violation of the UN Charter and international laws, including the 4th Geneva Convention. The Indian actions were also aimed at foreclosing the exercise of the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people promised to them in numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council, he said. “Through continuous illegal and unilateral steps, the Indian government has created an environment of fear and chaos in IIOJK,” he added. President Alvi said the people of IIOJK were being subjected to collective punishment by the Indian occupation forces, which had turned the territory into the largest militarized zone in the world. For the past 24 months, he said, the Kashmiris had suffered the worst human rights violations inflicted by the Indian occupation forces, including the military siege and unprecedented restrictions on their fundamental freedoms. He mentioned that to date, the senior Kashmiri leadership remained incarcerated under trumped-up charges. Extra-judicial killings and arbitrary arrests and detentions also continued unabated, he added. He said India’s illegal actions in IIOJK were aimed at breaking the spirit of the Kashmiri people, which, however, had manifestly failed. He recalled that the steps were also forcefully rejected by Pakistan, the Kashmiris, and the international community. He said the Indian actions had also been denounced by international media and human rights organizations as a means to continue its illegal and brutal occupation of the region. “The day also serves as a reminder to the international community to hold India accountable for its actions and deliver on its promise to the Kashmiris,” he said. President Alvi said a just and peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people, was indispensible for durable peace and stability in South Asia. He urged the international community to call upon India to end its campaign of repression and human rights violations in the IIOJK and reverse all its illegal actions, including those initiated on and after August 5, 2019.