Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar on Thursday cautioned against anti-state agenda in the garb of protests in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
He made these remarks while meeting notables of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) including senators, parliamentarians and academia in Peshawar.
“We’ve passed through a turbulent time in the war on terror as a nation but there is much is still to be done,” Gen Qamar said.
The COAS lauded the courage and resilience of the people of Fata and K-P as they have been one of the major victims in the war against terrorism.
“We [Pakistan Army] fully support the socio-economic development in areas that had been under the grip of terrorist elements,” he added.
“We all must join hands to move forward towards peace and stability,” the army chief said.
He said that steps have been taken to facilitate the general public at check posts without compromising security.
He added that clearance of unexploded ordnance were already under way to complete kinetic operations.
“No one wants peace and stability in the region more than the security forces,” he said.
“There is still a threat from neighbouring Afghanistan with these elements morphing into refugees,” he said.
He said that the armed forces would not allow the gains achieved at the high cost of blood and national exchequer being reversed.
“The security of innocent citizens and that of the motherland comes first and foremost,” he added.
He reiterated that long term dividend of peace is linked to earliest mainstreaming of Fata.
“No one can harm us [Pakistan] as long as the nation stands behind the army,” Gen Bajwa said while addressing a ceremony to distribute awards among the heirs of martyrs and Ghazis held at the GHQ, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
A large number of military authorities and heirs of martyrs and Ghazis attended the ceremony.
According to spokesperson of the Pak army, 32 officers were awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military), two were awarded Tamgha-e-Jurat and 33 officers were awarded Tamgha-e-Basalat. Four officers were given UN medals.
The COAS paid rich tribute to the mothers of those who sacrificed their lives for the country.
“They [martyrs] are our real heroes and no medal can replace the sacrifice made by them,” he said.
He said that the military will continue to help the heirs of the martyrs in every way possible.
Gen Qamar said the country is moving towards peace owing to the sacrifices of the martyrs.
“We have broken the back of the terrorists but the war against terrorism goes on,” Gen Qamar said.
“Nations that don’t honour their martyrs have no future,” he said.