LAHORE: Two teenagers, battling cancer, were granted their wish to become soldiers for a day by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The girls, 13-year-old Javeria Alam and 15-year-old Ruba Rafique, wer met by the Lahore corps commander on behalf of the army chief and made honoury soldiers for the day.
Jeveria and Ruba laid a floral wreath at the Yadgar-e-Shuhada and offered prayers at the monument.
COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa reiterated on Tuesday that Pakistan was focused and determined to achieve peace and stability.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief made these remarks during his visit to the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad where he addressed the participants of the fourth Pakistan-UK Stabilisation Conference.
During his address, the army chief emphasised upon the internal and external security situation of the country and expressed his vision of an enduring peace within Pakistan and the region.
Pakistan determined to achieve peace, stability: COAS Qamar Bajwa
He also highlighted the prospects of geopolitical environment, security challenges and the impact of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the economic development of the region.
Later, Commander UK Field Army Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders called on the army chief at the NDU. During the meeting, the two sides discussed regional security issues and matters of professional interest.