RAWALPINDI -UNS : Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday called for the world to do more for combating terrorism.
“If Pakistan hasn’t done enough in war against terror, then no 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) on Wednesday.
“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.”
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.
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.