Army to supplement govt’s NAP efforts


–Gen Bajwa says ‘no one can make us budge through use or threat of use of force’

–Says right of use of force shall remain prerogative of State alone


RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army top brass on Thursday agreed to supplement the government’s efforts to implement the National Action Plan (NAP), and expressed their resolve to defend the motherland against any misadventure or aggression from across the border.

Addressing the 219th Corps Commanders Conference at the General Headquarters, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Pakistan is on the positive trajectory of peace, stability and progress.

“No one can make us budge through use or threat of use of force. Similarly, policy and the right of use of force shall remain the prerogative of the state alone”, the army chief said while discussing the progress of NAP 2014.

The COAS issued directives “to further the efforts in line with the decisions of the government to accelerate the implementation of NAP while rendering full assistance to other state institutions”.

COAS Bajwa’s comments on NAP’s implementation come a day after the federal government intensified the ongoing crackdown on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and other banned outfits, arresting of more than 100 activists and taking over nearly 200 seminaries besides hundreds of other facilities and assets associated with them across the country.

According to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the moot chaired by Gen Bajwa “expressed concerns on increased Indian atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir post-Pulwama incident and continued deliberate targeting of civilians along the Line of Control by Indian occupation forces”.

“Continuity of such brutalities are only fuelling the fire and need to be stopped in the interest of regional peace which also merits world’s attention,” the forum noted.

Gen Bajwa “appreciated the morale and performance of the forces, support from the nation and above all the blessings of Almighty Allah”.

Furthermore, he directed the forces to remain in a “continued state of vigilance and alertness so as to be prepared for response to any threat”.