The Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, said that Pakistan has done enough in the war on terror and now it is time for the world to do more for combating terrorism.
Addressing a ceremony at the General Headquarters to pay a tribute to the martyrs of the 1965 war on Pakistan’s 52nd Defence Day, the Army Chief said, “If Pakistan hasn’t done enough in war against terror, then no country in the world has done so.”
“Despite all our efforts, our countless sacrifices and over decades of war, we are being told that we have not done enough against terrorism,” the army chief said, referring to recent criticism by United States President Donald Trump over Pakistan’s alleged inaction against terrorist ‘safe havens’.
“Only Pakistan has seen this level of success with such limited resources. From Operation Sher Dil to Rah-i-Rast, Rah-i-Nijat, Zarb-i-Azab and now Radd-ul-Fasaad, we have paid for each inch [of gains] with our blood.”
“And now, I say that the world must do more.”
“We don’t want aid, we want your respect and confidence,” the COAS said, responding to US claims that they had given “billions and billions of dollars” in aid to Pakistan. “Our actions and sacrifices should be appreciated.”
Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa vowed to make Pakistan a cradle of peace.
Commenting on Balochistan the Army Chief said they were closely observing those who wanted to stir unrest in the province. Pakistanis belonging to all ethnic groups are ready to lay their lives for peace and stability in Balochistan, he said.
Gen Bajwa said, “It is a war of our survival and we will have to win it for our future generations.”
Commenting on internal security, the Army Chief said armed forces are in contact with the government and other institutions on reforms without which National Action Plan cannot be materialized. These include changes in educational institutions, seminaries, police and legal reforms to punish terrorists.
The Army Chief said the world powers, instead of supporting us in this war, should not blame us for their failures. He said today’s Pakistan is a bright example of success in war against terrorism. He said God forbid our failure will lead to complete destabilization of the region. General Bajwa said Pakistan has rendered sacrifices more than any other country of the world. He said it was Pakistan’s credit to emerge victorious in the war against terrorism, despite having limited resources. It is unfortunate that Pakistan is blamed that it did not take indiscriminate action to fight the monster of terrorism.
General Bajwa said foes of Pakistan will not succeed in their nefarious designs of dividing the nation. He said the armed forces of the country will defend the motherland with their blood.
Turning to misguided people, the Army Chief said they are not waging Jihad rather an anarchy and chaos. He said it is clear directions of Islam that only the state can pronounce Jihad and this right should rest with the state.
Complete elimination of terrorism does not confine to fighting only, but it also entails all aspects of national development, said Bajwa. He said nation’s commitment, cooperation, and awareness are prerequisite to win the war on terror. He also urged media to play its positive role to win this war on ideological grounds as well.
The Army Chief said enemy was trying to sabotage peace and harmony in Balochistan and the Pakistani nation will foil its nefarious designs through unity.
Commenting on Pak-US relations, Gen Bajwa said that the Pakistani nation wants respect not aid. He said sacrifices of Pakistan should be acknowledged. He said Pakistan will support every step of the United States and NATO, which will lead to peace and stability in the region in general and in Afghanistan in particular. He, however, said that Pakistan’s security concerns must also be addressed.
“We have tried to help Afghanistan beyond our capabilities, but Afghanistan’s war cannot be fought in Pakistan.