Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan Army, along with other elements of national power, will continue efforts to defeat terrorism in order to establish rule of law and uphold supremacy of the Constitution.
Gen Qamar said this during a corps commanders’ conference held at the GHQ in Rawalpindi on Monday. The military commanders met for the first time since Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as prime minister by the Supreme Court for hiding assets in his nomination papers.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) would not say if the issue of Sharif’s disqualification came under discussion but a statement issued by the military’s media wing did suggest that the army chief touched upon the subject of supremacy of the Constitution.
“Expressing full satisfaction on the army’s commitment to national defence and security, the COAS [chief of army staff] directed that efforts must continue, in concert with other elements of national power, to defeat terrorism/militancy in order to establish rule of law and uphold supremacy of the Constitution,” the ISPR added.
The forum undertook a comprehensive review of internal and external security environment.
The military commanders also deliberated upon the regional security situation, especially in Afghanistan, and reaffirmed its commitment to regional peace and security.
The army chief said, “We look forward to a trust-based mutual cooperation in this regard which can achieve the policy ends of enduring regional peace”.
The corps commanders were also briefed about the situation along the Line of Control (LoC). They acknowledged the positive long-term effects being achieved through Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.
Gen Qamar especially appreciated the successful conduct of Operation Khyber-IV “in a most inhospitable terrain of Rajgal with minimal own casualties, which is made possible through high standards of professionalism”.
Khyber-IV is part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, which was launched in February after a sharp uptick in terrorist attacks in the country. It is aimed at “indiscriminately eliminating the residual/latent threat of terrorism”, consolidating the gains made in other military operations.