PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that hostile agencies should avoid playing with regional peace and stability as we reserve the right to respond despite our current policy of restraint.
While talking to troops and tribal elders during his visit to Mohmand and Bajaur agencies today, the COAS said that terrorists are trying to regroup in safe havens in Afghanistan and are attempting to spread doubt and despondency in our society.
“We all collectively shall fail their desperate maneuvers,” the COAS said according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The COAS said that efforts to ensure that our soil is not used against any other country shall continue and expect from others to reciprocate in same manner.
The Army Chief assured local tribes that Pakistan Army will continue its efforts to improve infrastructure in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) including roads, health, education and community development projects.
The COAS said that Pakistan army fully supports initiatives for mainstreaming of FATA being undertaken in accordance with the wishes of the people.
During his visit, the COAS also met the kins of those who embraced Shahadat during yesterday’s terrorist attack at Ghalanai Headquarters of Mohmand agency and offered respects and condolences.
On Wednesday (yesterday), the Levies Force personnel foiled a major terrorist attack when two suicide bomber were trying to enter the Housing Colony of the local Political Administration in Ghalanai. The Levies Force personnel shot dead on suicide bomber; however, the other suicider blew himself up which left three Levies Forces personnel and two civilians martyred.
The COAS lauded law enforcement agencies (LEAs) at Mohmand agency, especially Levies Force for thwarting yesterday’s suicide attack minimizing the loss of lives.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa also appreciated troops for effectively responding to cross border attack from Afghanistan on Pakistani post last week. He said that cooperation between our brave citizens, army, LEAs and intelligence agencies is cornerstone of our success against terrorism.
The Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt, other senior army and Frontier Corps (FC) officials were also present at the occasion.