Army chief says, Pakistan’s security, honour to stay premier

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ISLAMABAD (ENN) Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa here on Tuesday called on the world to acknowledge the military, economic, political and social costs paid by Pakistan in its successful fight against terrorism.

“Pakistan has successfully fought against terrorism while also contributing to regional peace. Pakistan has done much more for peace in Afghanistan than any other country,” the army chief said in a statement released by ISPR.

Underscoring the nation’s contribution to regional peace, Gen Bajwa reminded the world that Pakistan’s contributions towards peace in neighbouring Afghanistan would not come at the cost of its own honour or security.

“We shall continue to contribute towards peace in Afghanistan but Pakistan’s honour and Pakistan’s security shall always stay premier,” he said.

The army chief’s statement comes after Pakistan’s Foreign Office summoned the United States Charge d’affaires earlier on Tuesday to lodge a protest over US President Donald Trump’s “unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations” against the country.

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