Jueves, 23 May, 2019

Extremism requires transnational, unified response: General Bajwa

General Qamar Bajwa General Qamar Bajwa
Ramiro Mantilla | 19 May, 2017, 22:19

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that the armed forces fought the menace of terrorism valiantly and set an example for the world in cleansing the barbarians from their potholes.

General Bajwa mentioned that, Army is handling many issues including Reko Diq Case, Indus Water Treaty Case, Kulbhushan Jadhav Case along with all the operations against terrorism in the country. Pointing to his son, the army chief said when I took the first decision my son said it is the popular but wrong one, and to the second decision he said it is unpopular but correct.

He said the youth was Pakistan's investment in the future and "the faceless and nameless hostile forces are polluting the mind of our youth through the social media".

"We have defeated terrorism together and we will go after extremism too and root it with our values, mental faculties and physical energies", Gen Bajwa said.

Addressing a seminar on "Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism" in Rawalpindi, the army chief said that operation Raadul Fasaad was just the beginning of a new phase in the war against terrorism and extremism.

"We can easily say, it is emerging as a transnational phenomenon hence warranting a transnational, unified response".

The Army Chief said Pakistan's enemies are actively pursuing divisive tendencies in the society.

Army Chief said that fight here onwards has to be carried on by all organs of the state and its people. He said Pakistan Army the best army in the world.

"The requirement becomes more pronounced when we see that the nature and character of this conflict has also changed with the ideology of Islamic State (Daesh) which focuses on targeting minds of our youth", he said.

He said Pakistan had done well in denying terrorists of all hues and colours, any foot hold in our territory. "We have ensured the writ of state in the farthest and remotest corners of the country", asserted the COAS.

"We are actively taking measure to ensure that even residual presence does not use Pakistan's soil against any country, nor will we tolerate others doing so against us".

"Having defeated terrorism physically, now their deceitful message and narrative must also be defeated", he added.

Differentiating between religiosity and terrorism, he pointed out: "These so-called Muslims [who sponsor terrorist activities] have nothing to do with Islam".

"They have realised that through ballot they cannot achieve power but through violence they can, therefore coercion, fear and destruction are their tools of choice".

"Let's join hands to counter extremism by providing ideal environment in your respective institutions and through diligence and discipline".