PM lauds army’s efforts for border security, internal stability


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday appreciated Pakistan Army’s efforts for securing the country’s border and ensuring internal stability.

During his meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who called on him at PM Office, matters pertaining to the security situation of the country, including issues at the western border, and the crisis in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), came into discussion.

The premier hailed continued efforts of the army in defending the borders while also ensuring internal security and facilitating the ongoing socio-economic development.

It is worth mentioning here that the meeting comes in the backdrop of the ongoing anti-government protests led by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). The protesters demand the resignation of the prime minister and the holding of fresh elections in the country, and have reiterated their commitment to continue the agitation until their demands are met.

While the protesters are adamant on their demands, the army has also made it clear that it would support national institutions in accordance with the Constitution. The army has also warned that nobody would be allowed to reverse the hard-earned peace and stability to suit and particular agenda.

Other matters relevant to the meeting include the situation in occupied Kashmir, where a curfew has been imposed and communications have been shut down since the Indian government revoked the autonomous status of the disputed territory. Moreover, on the western front of the country, Pakistan Army still faces threats as earlier this week three soldiers were martyred in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in North Waziristan.