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Terrorism to be vanquished from Pakistan in 2016, Picture: Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif.Reuters

Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif said on Saturday that resolution of the Kashmir issue was necessary to bring peace to the region.

"Lasting peace in the region will only come about with a fair and just resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the will of Kashmiri people, as enshrined in the UN resolution," said General Sharif said during a parade held at Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul, as reported by The Express Tribune.

Ironically, Sharif's statement comes on a day when Pakistani troops once again violated the ceasefire on Saturday by firing on forward posts along the LoC and International Border in Poonch and Jammu districts, Press Trust of India reported.

There have been four ceasefire violations in Jammu and Poonch districts in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Sharif has sent out a virtual warning to India, stating that Pakistan is capable of giving a "befitting response".

"Let there be no doubt that any aggression against our beloved country will get a befitting response; no sacrifice will be too great in this sacred cause," he said.

Sharif's statement on Kashmir comes just days after former army chief Pervez Musharraf made a controversial statement claiming that Pakistani people only needed to be "incited" to fight for Kashmir.

"People in Kashmir are already against them, they only need to be incited. Lakhs of people are ready to go from Pakistan to fight them, so they should not be in any doubt about Pakistan," Musharraf had said, as reported by India Today.

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