Favorable atmosphere for development established in country: COAS

COAS General Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that an atmosphere in the country has established where development was possible.
Addressing a seminar “Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism” in Rawalpindi on Thursday, the COAS said that the threats faced by the country have decreased considerably.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the youth was an asset of a bright future but some unknown forces were misleading them on social media.
He asked the entire nation and national institutions to fight terrorism together adding that the ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad against terrorism has entered a new phase.
He said, “we as a nation, have fought the menace of terrorism most valiantly, giving unparalleled sacrifices.”
General Bajwa said, “Our Armed forces have set an example for the whole world in cleansing these barbarians from their potholes. Our success is acknowledged the world over.” He said Pakistan Army the best army in the world.
The Army Chief appreciated every segment of the society, especially LEAs and the media, for their consistent support in help cutting these monsters to their size.
“Today, we are at the most critical phase of our war against terror. As we transit gradually from major operations against terrorism to more intricate, targeted operations against residual threat, under the ambit of Operation Rad-ul-Fasaad, we must also find ways to ensure that the causes behind terrorism are addressed and National Action Plan is actualized,” he maintained.
General Bajwa said extremism is not due to any religion or ideology, it is a mindset where passion has given way to hate and intolerance of others.
Despite incessant propaganda, the fact is that as a Nation, Pakistan has rejected terrorism, he said and added the first ever PSL Cricket Final at Lahore and celebration of 23rd March with three foreign contingents, has shown that our spirit is unbreakable and no one can isolate us.
“Our enemies, both state and non-state, are actively pursuing divisive tendencies in society. Let me say that they are waging the biggest and most sustained Hybrid War against us from multiple directions and using multiple ways,” the Army Chief  said.
“We are being targeted by not only terrorists but also spin masters of multiple hostile agencies, trying to subvert our minds, particularly that of our youth. Being denied opportunities in the mainstream media, they are using faceless platforms on the internet and smart phones.”
Pakistan has done well in denying terrorists of all hues and colours, any foot hold in our territory. We have ensured the writ of State in the farthest and remotest corners of the country. Today, there are no safe havens for any miscreants in Pakistan, General Bajwa asserted.


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