RAWALPINDI (SANA): Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has paid rich tribute to the people of the country as they actively took part in elections despite terror threats. He said that the masses have defeated the misleading minority by voting in the general elections.
Addressing an international symposium against IEDs at the General Headquarters, Army Chief Kayani said the Pakistani people despite the threat of terrorism headed to the polls on May 11. “The Pakistani people have proven that they are moderate, brave and hard working.”
Kayani added that challenges being faced by the nation would be overcome.
‘The people proved their bravery during elections as they voted and did not afraid’, he said. The COAS said that the Pakistani nation is democratic and peace loving.
‘Pakistan is determined to defeat terrorism’ he added. He said the polls turnout proved that the nation can fight against all problems.
Terming it a remarkable event, the army chief felicitated the nation for their full participation in the election process.
He said the people of Pakistan are struggling to pave the way for development and prosperity.
During and before polls, the terrorists have posed serious threats to the country but the people still came out to vote, he added.
General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani suggested the establishment of a regional forum to counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks in the country while appreciating the public participation in the recently held historic polls in the country.
General Kayani said that by participating in the recently held polls the nation had proved that it was capable of facing any challenge adding that Pakistanis were moderate, resilient and extraordinarily hardworking.
According to a press release issued by the Inter Services Public relations (ISPR) Kayani highlighted and elaborated on the menace of IED threats prevailing in the region and recommended an international forum to counter the it, “I would like to propose formation of a Regional Military C-IED Forum supported by a wider international forum to benefit from experiences of all countries involved. I am hopeful that this proposal will receive serious consideration from the participants and their countries”
He said that the security forces were greatly affected by the IEDs but the masses at large scale were also affected by the IEDs, adding that the comprehensive and effective strategy is required to tackle the menace of IEDs. He said that the Pakistani forces have tackled the issue of terrorism and would tackle the issue of IEDs also. The officials of nearly 28 countries of the world attended the symposium.