PESHAWAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has given a clear and direct message to the anti state elements both within and outside the country.
He on Thursday said the armed forces would not allow'any anti-state agenda in the garb of engineered protests to succeed.
According to a press release by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief met notables of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and hailed the courage and resilience of the areas' residents, who have been victims of terrorism.
General Bajwa said that notwithstanding the genuine problems of the peaceful citizens, the army's main concern was to not allow anti-statein the garb of engineered protests etc, aimed at reversing the gains achieved at heavy cost in blood and national exchequer succeeds.
He stressed that the security of innocent citizens and defence of motherland comes first and foremost. The army chief reiterated that long-term dividend of peace is linked to earliest mainstreaming of FATA.
During the army chief's interaction with Senators, MNAs, businessmen, lawyers, academia and others in Peshawar, General Bajwa shared his candid thoughts about the security environment, achievements in war against terrorism, challenges and way forward.
The COAS said that lately the Pakistani nation successfully passed through very difficult times of fighting extremism and terrorism but much is still left to be done.
General Bajwa stated that the army fully supports socio-economic development in affected areas. He added that now is the time to unitedly keep moving forward towards enduring peace and stability.