Pakistani Army Chief calls for collective response against terrorism
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, July 7, IRNA -- Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has called for collective response by governmental organizations to eliminate the menace of terrorism.
Addressing a seminar in Islamabad on Thursday, General Kayani said that terrorism has to be tackled in the domain of national security which warrants a comprehensive response entailing synergy by all elements of national power.
'No single organization of the state is configured to mount a wholesome response to the challenges confronting national security,' he said.
General Kayani said Pakistan's Army, being a national army, derived its strength from the people of Pakistan and was accountable to the people and their representatives in parliament.
'Accordingly, Pakistan Army considers people's support vital for its operations against terrorists, and believes that only the people of Pakistan can determine the national interest and army's role in their achievement.'
He said that Pakistan's commitment to war against Al Qaeda and its affiliates was total and unwavering as it firmly believed in taking stern action against all terrorist groups.
He asked for expanding army’s initiative of de-radicalisation. 'We have taken the first step here in Swat by initiating a de-radicalisation programme, it needs support and initiative of the society, intellectuals and policy-makers to take the lead and put into effect a counter-radicalisation construct, not only to sustain the de-radicalisation effort, but also to assure a free and progressive future for Pakistan.'
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