Dividends of improved security must reach out to masses, says Gen Bajwa


–Army top brass expresses solidarity with resilient Kashmiris on eve of Kashmir Day


RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday said that the dividends of improved internal security must reach out to people of Pakistan through socioeconomic development.

“While safeguarding the borders and carrying on the ongoing stability operations through [Operation] Radd ul Fasaad, concurrent focus is now to be on strategising and implementing comprehensive national response against machinations by hostile intelligence agencies/inimical forces to undo the national gains for peace and stability,” Gen Bajwa said while presiding over the 218th Corps Commanders’ Conference at the General Headquarters, according to a press statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to the press release, the army top brass also expressed solidarity with the resilient population of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on the eve of Kashmir Day, observed every year on Feb 5 to express solidarity with Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination.

It added that the top military commanders discussed the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary in wake of the Indian forces’ continued ceasefire violations targeting innocent Kashmiris, adding that the “state of preparedness” along the LoC/Working Boundary and the eastern border were reviewed in order to “thwart any misadventure from across”.

The forum also expressed satisfaction with the progress in “regional peace initiatives”, particularly the Afghan reconciliation process.

According to the press release, the meeting reviewed the “geo-strategic environment” of the country. The forum also expressed its satisfaction with the improved internal security situation.

Separately, Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Shukrullah Atif Mashal also called on Gen Bajwa at the GHQ. The two discussed matters of mutual interest and regional security, particularly the Afghanistan peace process, the ISPR reported.

The diplomat expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s efforts in the ongoing Afghan peace process.