We have done enough, now world must do more, says COAS

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday that Pakistan has done enough in the war on terror and now it is time for the world to do more.

Pakistan has made numerous sacrifices fighting terrorism but today the country was being accused of not doing enough to eradicate the menace, said the army chief during a ceremony at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Wednesday.

“If Pakistan hasn’t done enough in the war against terror, then no country in the world has enough,” the army chief said while addressing the participants at an event commemorating Defence Day.

Bajwa added that the armed forces of Pakistan have paid with their blood during numerous military operations.

Jihad right of state

The army chief said that Islam clearly says that only the state hold’s the right to jihad.

While talking about Balochistan the army chief said they were closely observing those who wanted to stir unrest in the province. But, he added, Pakistanis belonging to all ethnicities are ready to lay their lives for peace and stability in Balochistan.

Regarding Afghanistan, General Qamar Javed said Pakistan has tried to support its neighbouring country beyond its means. “But we can’t fight the Afghan war in Pakistan.”

However, he added, if the international powers cannot support Pakistan then they should at least not hurl accusations. “The international powers should not hold us responsible for their shortcomings”

About Pakistan’s relations with the United States, the army chief said the country wanted to have friendly ties with the US, not its aid.

General Qamar Javed also urged the international community to take steps for the Muslims in Myanmar.

The event started with children presenting a tableau. Later, the crowd stood up to the national anthem.

During the event sacrifices of the officers were highlighted. A guard of honour was presented by smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army.

Earlier in the day, Defence Day was celebrated in different parts of the country, with a show by the armed forces being held by the armed forces at Karachi’s Clifton beach.

A change of guard ceremony was also held at the mausoleums of Allama Iqbal in Lahore and Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi.

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