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Pakistan Army prepared to meet any situation: COAS Qamar Bajwa assures legislators

Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday affirmed that Pakistan’s borders were secure despite the challenges the country faces and that the armed forces were “prepared to meet any situation”.

He made the comment during a briefing given to members of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, the Senate Standing Committee on Defence, and the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence during their visit to the General Headquarters (GHQ).

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the parliamentarians had an “exhaustive interactive session” with the army chief and were briefed about the security situation along the country’s borders as well as the Pakistan Army’s efforts for peace and security.

The COAS also underscored the importance of restoring peace in war-torn Afghanistan for sustainable development of the South Asian region.

He also reaffirmed Pakistan Army’s support to the Kashmir cause and the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir, according to the statement by the military’s media affairs wing. “The world must know that without peaceful resolution of [the] Kashmir issue, peace and stability will remain elusive,” he said.

The briefing ended with the “resolve to continue struggle against violent extremism through a synergetic, whole-of-the-nation approach”, the ISPR statement said.

It is pertinent to note that it was the first security briefing given by the military authorities to parliamentarians since the Taliban took over Afghanistan and the deadly terrorist attacks carried out by the militant Islamic State group in the neighbouring country.

A similar briefing was given to parliamentary leaders of political parties at Parliament House on July 1 during which military and intelligence leaders had called for avoiding divisive politics on issues of national interest, and cautioned that strategic challenges and related policy shift in external relations could have repercussions for the country.

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