Multan (Staff Report/Agencies): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said that the war against terrorism and militancy is not over yet.
According to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief expressed these views during an interaction with officers on the occasion of his visit to Multan Garrison.
The COAS witnessed training demonstration on combat readiness by an armour formation of the strike corps. He underlined that an army deters war through professional competence and readiness.
“After kinetic operations we are now in the phase of stability operations. War against terrorism and militancy is not over yet,” General Bajwa said.
“Besides kinetic efforts we have to take on measures to address the root causes while staying cognisant of inimical forces and foreign hostile agendas. Within the folds of national action plan we shall support national focus on socio-economic development so that people of Pakistan reap dividends of improving security,” the COAS added.
“Some elements are wittingly or unwittingly trying to pull the country back into confrontation. State shall not let them do it whether on the name of religion, ethnicity or any other pretext,” the army chief asserted.
The COAS said that peace, stability and progress of our country is contingent upon rule of law by all.