Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani warned on Monday that if militancy is not eliminated, the country will be at risk of civil war.
Marking 65 years of independence, the army chief said that in Pakistan the military faces an extraordinary situation of fighting its own people.
He added that Pakistan could only prosper if all the institutions of the state, including the executive, the judiciary and the legislature worked together in unity.
Addressing a ceremony at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul, he said: “The path we have chosen needs sacrifices but this is the only way to achievement and Pakistan is not going to fall short of sacrifices.”
General Kayani asserted that “we are proud of our past and it is important that we learn from it. No one can help us except for ourselves.
“It is the duty of our generation to give a better Pakistan to our kids no matter what the consequences are. After all we are nothing without Pakistan.”
He emphasised on the fact that no country can afford to live in instability but for that it is important that everyone follows the rules set by Islam and the laws set by the Constitution.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2012.