Dividends of peace must reach the people: COAS

Published: February 4, 2019

Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa has said that the dividends of peace achieved through successive military operations must be extended to the people.

“The dividends of improved internal security situation must reach out to the people of Pakistan through socio-economic development,” the army chief was quoted as saying in the 218th Corps Commanders conference at the GHQ in Rawalpindi on Monday.

The army chief said that while stability operations as part of Radd-ul-Fasaad shall continue, focus shall be on a national response against hostile forces.

“…concurrent focus shall now be on strategising and implementing comprehensive national response against machinations by hostile intelligence agencies/ inimical forces to undo the national gains for peace and stability,” General Qamar said.

In December 2018, the COAS had said that the subversive phase of the unannounced war against Pakistan has been initiated by the country’s enemies.

The high-level huddle, according to the military’s media wing, also discussed the situation along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary with reference to continued ceasefire violations, and the military’s preparedness along the country’s eastern border.

While satisfaction was expressed on the progress of the Afghan peace process, the forum expressed solidarity with Kashmiris facing Indian brutalities.

Kashmir Day is observed on February 5 every year to show support for the people in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

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