Gen Bajwa says educated youth is prime target of ISIS

  • Army chief asks students to remain mindful, vigilant of hostile narratives through social media

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that Pakistan Army was capable to meet all internal and external challenges.

According to a statement issued here, he said this during a visit to the Inter-Services Publication Directorate (ISPR), where he addressed and interacted with youth, undergoing annual internship programme. He said that the Pakistan Army had achieved great successes to rid the country of violence and terrorism.

“Every Pakistani is a soldier of Rudd-ul-Fasaad operation,” he said.  The army chief congratulated the students on successful completion of the internship programme. He said that Pakistan was blessed with the most talented and vibrant youth and future of Pakistan belonged to them.

He said he had full confidence and optimism that Pakistani youth realising their potential would lead Pakistan to a new era of peace and progress. He asked the internees to have confidence in themselves, adhere to merit, follow rule of law, and do not look for shortcuts in life for success.

In response to a question that how did he maintain his morale amid so much of challenges and pressures, the COAS replied that selfless motivation of his outfit (Pak Army) and hope he sees in future of Pakistan (the youth) keeps him motivated and committed to the cause.

He also assured the students that Pakistan Army was committed to providing them a safe, secure and stable Pakistan. The COAS asked the students to remain mindful and vigilant of hostile narratives through social media. “Educated youth is prime target of ISIS and affiliates, be extra cautious,” he advised the youth.

“Your success and progress in life depends on three things; Faith in Allah, respect to parents and hard work. This trinity is key to success” he remarked in response to the question on key to success in life. The annual Internship Programme 2017 was held from July 11 to August 17, comprising students from various educational institutions across the country including FATA.

Later, Polish Land Forces Commander Brigadier General Wojclech Granowshi called on General Bajwa at GHQ. During the meeting, views were exchanged on regional security situation and issues of mutual interest including defence, training and bilateral security cooperation.

The delegation was given detailed briefing on operational and training activities of Pakistan Army. Brigadier General Wojclech Granowshi acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in fight against terrorism. Jordanian Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Khalifeh Saraireh also called on General Bajwa at GHQ. Matters related to regional security and military cooperation were discussed in the meeting.


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