Rawalpindi, Sept. 6 (TNS): On eve of Defence Day, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday called for the world to do more for combating terrorism.
“If Pakistan hasn’t done more in war against terror, than any other country in the world has done so,” the army chief said while addressing a ceremony held to mark the National Defence Day at the General Headquarters (GHQ).
“Pakistan has made numerous sacrifices fighting terrorism but today the country was being accused of not doing enough to eradicate the menace. Pakistan has done enough now it was time for the world to do more,” COAS added.
The army chief said Pakistani security forces have paid with their blood the cost of wars from Operation Sher-e-Dil till Radd-ul-Fasaad.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa also vowed to make Pakistan a cradle of peace.He said we will take the war imposed on us to its logical conclusion added that cooperation of the entire nation is necessary to overcome the menace of terrorism completely. The Army Chief said the world powers should not blame us for their failures instead of supporting us in this war.
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.
“Pakistan has tried to support its neighbouring country beyond its means. But we can’t fight the Afghan war in Pakistan.”
However, he added, if the international powers cannot support Pakistan then they should at least not hurl accusations. “The international powers should not hold us responsible for their shortcomings”
About Pakistan’s relations with the United States, the army chief said the country wanted to have friendly ties with the US, not its aid.
The event started with children presenting a tableau. Later, the crowd stood up to the national anthem.
During the event sacrifices of the officers were highlighted. A guard of honour was presented by smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army.