Positive criticism isn’t hybrid war: COAS


We still support govt as per law, reaffirms Bajwa
• Says enemies who plotted Pakistan’s doom and destruction are watching it with disdain

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the military Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday observed that positive criticism must not be confused with hybrid war.

“Most voices which may seem loud to you, come from an area of affection , patriotism and trust and thus must be heeded,” he said while speaking at the passing-out parade of cadets at the Pakistan academy , Kakul.

“We must hear our people and apply corrections where needed. These voices are a symbol that we are alive and well as a nation, that’s occupation the proper direction,” he noted.

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The COAS said the enemies who plotted Pakistan’s doom and destruction were watching it with disdain. “Having failed and feeling frustrated, they need now subjected us to a 24/7 hybrid war. This war isn’t fought within the battlefields but within the minds. In previous wars, soldiers were taking the brunt on the frontline; during this new war, however, leadership in the least levels is that the target,” he said.

The army chief said the target of hybrid war was to focus on the “sense of hope” in Pakistan and to perpetuate the perception of ‘Yahan Kuch Acha Nahi ho Sakta’. “Let me tell you, Yahan Sub Acha Hoga. We Pakistanis always find how , which we’ll InshaAllah,” he said.

Describing the strong bond with people, constitution, democracy and therefore the democratic values as strength of the soldiers , this bond would be defended within the days ahead, said Gen Bajwa.

This was an enormous challenge that they might be confronted with from day one, he told the young officers. “Please confine mind that not only you’ve got to discern light from the darkness, but also protect your men from sedition. the simplest thanks to roll in the hay is to only follow the SOPs, traditions and time-tested ethos of the military ,” he said.

“Our actions are guided by the Constitution and therefore the national interest of Pakistan. you’ll appreciate that today Pakistan is, Alhamdullilah, secure from military point of view. We still support the govt , whenever asked to, as per the law and guidelines of the constitution. We, Pakistanis, have proved that we will do wonders once we keep national interest above our parochial, institutional and private interests,” he remarked.

The COAS said the fight against terrorism and coronavirus pandemic and response to floods and locust threat was testimony to Pakistan Army’s capacity to figure and deliver. He said: “These are important undertakings and Pakistan Army is proud to support the state ,

because it has always supported us especially once we were fighting the physical enemies of Pakistan. it’s my prayer and need that tomorrow, when one among you stands at my place, you stand because the leader of a Pakistan that has received its rightful place as a cheerful and prosperous homeland where Muslims of South Asia will have finally found their panacea of a contemporary Islamic state but also, where all minorities are equally happy and are considered valuable citizens and where all institutions stand equally robust and capable in commission of the state .”

He said: “Today is that the start of your careers in one among the foremost distinguished and battle hardened Army of the planet . He proudly said the Pakistan Army not only defeated the scourge of terrorism but also gave a bloody nose to a five times bigger army in February 2019.

“I count it as an excellent honour that we stand before the state as a trusted and accountable institution. Therefore, no matter our failings and triumphs, we stand to offer our greatest , whenever we are called upon to try to to so.”

He expressed his great satisfaction to ascertain various institutions of Pakistan gaining strength, not only standing without Army’s support but rather supporting it and sometimes , surpassing it within the service of the state .

According to the Inter-Services PR (ISPR), the cadets belonged to 142nd PMA Long Course, 32nd Technical Graduate Course, 61st Integrated Course, 16th Lady Cadet Course and 1st Basic training Course. Among them, cadets from Palestine, Qatar, Sri Lanka and therefore the Maldives also successfully completed their training.

The COAS reviewed the passing-out parade and gave awards to distinguished cadets. The coveted Sword of Honour was awarded to Academy Senior Under Officer Mohammad Faateh of 142nd PMA Long Course. The President’s trophy was given to Battalion Senior Under Officer Junaid Khan of 142nd PMA Long Course,

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff of Staff Committee Overseas trophy to Under Officer Naazim Naseer of 142nd PMA Long Course from the Maldives, Chief of Army Staff Cane to Company Junior Under Officer Tanawosh of 32nd Technical Graduate Course and Commandant Cane awarded to Sergeant Hamza Tariq of 61st Integrated Course, Company Sergeant Major Ada Urooj of 16th Lady Cadet Course and Company Under Officer Mehwish Anjum of 1st Basic training Course.

Informed sources told Dawn that 15 of the cadets hailed from newly merged tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and therefore the recipient of President’s trophy , Junaid Khan, was one among them. He hails from South Waziristan. Besides, the sources added, 54 cadets belonged to Balochistan, including Shabbir Ahmad Khan, son of former senator Hafiz Hamdullah.

COAS felicitates naval chief

Meanwhile, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi paid maiden visit to command post (GHQ) and called on the COAS, adds APP.

The COAS congratulated Admiral Amjad on assumption of Pakistan Navy command and expressed the hope that PN would achieve new heights under his able command, said a handout .

During the meeting, they discussed matters of professional interest.

Earlier, on his arrival at GHQ, the CNS laid floral wreath at Yadgar-i-Shuhada and offered fateha for the martyrs of Pakistan

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