Lahore (Staff Report): Punjab Assembly speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has said that Pakistan is maintaining cordial relations with the neighbouring countries due to the silent diplomacy of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Talking to the media here on Sunday, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader said Army chief played a vital role in ending the country's diplomatic isolation.
He said, “The COAS' international visits and bilateral meetings have created a level of mutual trust with the international community."
On Saturday, Bajwa said that the new government has extended a hand of peace and friendship towards India with utmost sincerity but it should not be taken as our weakness.
According to a communique issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief, speaking at the passing out Parade of 110th Midshipmen and 19th Short Service Course held at Naval Academy, Karachi, said: “the new government has extended a hand of peace and friendship towards India with utmost sincerity but it should not be taken as our weakness, peace benefits everybody. It is time to fight against hunger, disease and illiteracy, then to fight against each other.”
He said that wars bring death, destruction and misery for the people. Ultimately, all issues are resolved on the table through negotiations.
The COAS said that the relative peace present in the country today has been achieved after tremendous sacrifices to restore peace and order.
“It is now our duty to honour their sacrifice through display of Unity, Faith and Discipline in everything that we do. Let us all start the transition from conflict to progress, through commitment to the ideals of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam. This is the minimum that we can do for our beautiful country,” he said.
General Bajwa said that the country’s young cadets should take the country along the lines of developmental perspective than a security perspective.