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Corps Commanders Conference says Army determined to defend Pakistan ‘against any misadventure’

“It is our duty to transform these challenges into opportunities for the stability & prosperity of the people of Pakistan,” COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said. ISPR/Handout via The News

RAWALPINDI: The latest Corps Commanders Conference (CCC) held Tuesday expressed “strong will, resolve and determination to defend the motherland against any misadventure”, the Pakistan Army’s media wing said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Pakistan Army is “fully prepared to thwart all internal and external challenges” the country faces, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa emphasised, referring to both the worsening situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks from the country’s east-side neighbour, India.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the CCC presided over by the COAS reviewed the “geo strategic, regional & national security environment & discussed internal security, situation along borders” and the Line of Control (LOC), as well as the atrocities in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).

The forum expressed serious concerns in the wake of irrefutable evidence of Indian state-sponsored terrorism and India’s efforts to destabilise Pakistan.

The “Indian efforts to sabotage CPEC, involvement in financing and training of terrorist organizations for fomenting unrest in Pakistan, especially in [Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan] and Balochistan are an affront to peace and security in the region, forum emphasised,” the ISPR said.

“Deliberating upon recent surge in #CFVs by the Indian Army, forum resolved to take all measures necessary to protect innocent population living along LOC from Indian firing deliberately targeting civil population,” it noted, referring to the latest rise in the ceasefire violations across the Line of Control.

The CCC further “took a comprehensive overview of positive progress in Afghan Peace Process”, about which Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit to Afghanistan last week had said Pakistan would do its utmost to end the violence and establish peace in the neighbouring nation.

The “forum deliberated upon the COVID-19 situation and measures required to confront the pandemic in the wake of 2nd wave,” the ISPR added. Gen Bajwa specifically directed all commanders to ensure measures to support the national effort.

“Pakistan Army with support of state institutions & the nation is fully prepared to thwart all internal & external challenges. It is our duty to transform these challenges into opportunities for the stability & prosperity of the people of Pakistan,” the Army chief said.

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