Rawalpindi (Staff Report): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday termed the general election as a "national duty", saying it should “be performed with utmost responsibility and without losing any focus on defence and internal security challenges in hand”.

According to a tweet shred by General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, the army chief made the remarks while chairing the 211th Corps Commanders’ Conference at General Headquarters.

"The forum reviewed geo-strategic environment and recent security and other related developments in the region," the army said, adding that, the forum decided to continue contributing positive efforts to carry forward the dividends of achieved domestic peace and stability beyond borders to the region.

According to Inter Services Public Relations, the forum decided to continue contributing positive efforts to carry forward the dividends of achieved domestic peace and stability beyond borders to the region.

The top army commanders also discussed the progress of ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fassad and the socio-economic development in cleared areas with a “commitment to achieving lasting peace and stability”, the army's media wing added.