COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his official visit to UK said that Pakistan Army stands by democracy. Pakistan is a peace loving country and wishes to resolve all unsolved issues with India including essential issue of Jammu Kashmir. Moreover said attempts by enemies to isolate Pakistan diplomatically have failed and Pakistan’s diplomatic relations with other countries has rather lingered.
COAS emphasized that peace in Afghanistan is a shared interest and that Pakistan will continue its positive role and is even ready to work closely with Afghanistan. Furthermore he said Pak-Afghan bilateral border security mechanism is critically important and both countries need to formulate this at priority.
Pakistan Army took decisive actions against terrorists and lots of them have already fled the country, making bases elsewhere. While meeting top British military leadership he alleged that Pakistan is currently dealing with various facets of extremism through the National Action Plan adding that institutions are working together to bring reforms in madrassas and other areas to deal with the root causes of extremism.
The prospects of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor towards economic development of the region were also being highlighted during his visit. Hailing the role of overseas Pakistanis towards progress in their homeland, he assured the Diaspora that the Pakistan Army would perform its due role towards security of the country.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his visit to South Waziristan expressed that that Pakistan Army would support efforts to bring FATA region into mainstream. He also appreciated determination of tribal members and the local administration for supporting Pakistan Army.
COAS uttered his indulgence with operational gains, better border security and progressive tasks being carried out in the region. He was also briefed by the about security and stability situation including border management and rehabilitation of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs).
COAS directed the forces to continue focusing on stability operations and socio economic development for continuing peace in the area. He also stated that Pakistan Army will endure its efforts for supporting mainstreaming of FATA as per aspirations of the local tribes. While interacting with the troops, General Bajwa lauded their courageousness and commitment as well as appreciated the role played by tribal people in restoration of peace in the region.
An explosion hit a vegetable market in Parachinar, the capital of the Kurram district in Pakistan’s north western tribal area,that killed at least 20 people and injuring more than 40 reported officials. Parachinar is a tribal area that has been under militant activities in the past few years. Though Pakistan army held many operations against militants here but unfortunately they still have the competence to strike back.
Parachinar is composed of mostly Shi’ite community and this belt has also suffered sectarian apprehension among Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims. This terror attack also took place in generally Shia Muslim area where there have been earlier assaults targeting Shias. The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban(TTP) has claimed responsibility for the explosion in Parachinar.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa paid a visit to Parachinar on Sunday where he met the injured people and expressed his grief over the loss. He clearly gave a message that terrorists will be unsuccessful in their effort to get back the lost significance and to disrupt the stability attained by the security forces with the help of tribesmen in the tribal areas.
Moreover, United States of America, Turkey, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain among other countries have also condemned and expressed their sympathies with the families who have been affected by the blast in Parachinar.