RAWALPINDI: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa Wednesday asked the world to “do more” against terrorism.
He was addressing a Defence Day ceremony at General Headquarters . “If Pakistan has not done enough [agaisnt terrorism], then no country in the world has done enough,” the army chief asserted.
“Now I say that the world must do more.” “We don’t want aid, we want your respect and confidence,” the COAS said, addressing the United States.
“Let us create a Pakistan where the use of strength is in accordance with the law and Constitution and is in the hands of the state.” “I would like tell misguided people that what they are doing is not jihad but fasaad.”
“For our complete success in the war against terrorism, we need the nation’s passion and cooperation,” he told the audience.
“Although the army can end terrorism, to gain control over terrorism and extremism it is necessary that every citizen is a soldier of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad,” he maintained.
He reminded the audience that the war against terrorism is also an ideological war.
While talking about Balochistan the army chief said they were closely observing those who wanted to stir unrest in the province. But, he added, Pakistanis belonging to all ethnicities are ready to lay their lives for peace and stability in Balochistan.
Regarding Afghanistan, General Qamar Javed said Pakistan has tried to support its neighbouring country beyond its means. “But we can’t fight the Afghan war in Pakistan.”
However, he added, if the international powers cannot support Pakistan then they should at least not hurl accusations. “The international powers should not hold us responsible for their shortcomings”
About Pakistan’s relations with the United States, the army chief said the country wanted to have friendly ties with the US, not its aid.
The event started with children presenting a tableau. Later, the crowd stood up to the national anthem.
During the event sacrifices of the officers were highlighted. A guard of honour was presented by smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army.
Gen Bajwa laid a wreath on a monument paying tribute to martyrs of the armed forces prior to his address.