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RAWALPINDI: Director General Inter Services Public Relation (DG ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar on Thursday said that Pakistan Army is fully prepared to respond to any aggression by Indian troops.

Addressing a press conference DG ISPR briefed the nation on the ongoing atrocities by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir and on the Line of Control.

"Freedom is one of God's greatest blessings. For this freedom we have, I pay tribute to the people who participated in the Pakistan movement, and its leaders, particularly Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam's vision," he said.

"In occupied Kashmir, the inhumane siege has continued for one year. Genocide is being done and human rights are being violated through India's state terrorism," said DG ISPR.

Maj Gen Iftikhar said there is no form of oppression that the Kashmiris are not subjected to.

He noted that the targeting of Kashmiris with pellet guns by the Indian forces has become the norm while the region's local leadership has been kept in detention for one year.

"I salute the perseverance of the brave Kashmiri people who for 73 years have been a symbol of resistance against such oppression."

He said that the government of Pakistan has raised its voice to highlight the seriousness of the situation at every local and international forum.

"During the past one year, the issue has been raised in the UN three times," he said.

Maj Gen Iftikhar said that the secretary-general of the United Nations has stressed on the granting of human rights in occupied Kashmir and in the recent visit to Pakistan, the UNGA president-elect said that a peaceful resolution to the dispute is vital for peace in the region.

He said India had seen an increase in its defence budget and it was involved in an arms race and is at the top of the list of countries buying arms.

"Wars are not fought only through the power of weapons; the people's trust and the nation's resolve are the true assets of the army."