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Army to defend Pakistan at all costs: COAS

December 7, 2009

Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Saturday reaffirmed that the Army would defend, protect and preserve Pakistan at all costs. He said this while offering condolences to the bereaved families. The nation, including the Army, stands united in sharing their grief,î he said. Having met and talked to these families, he praised their exemplary strength of faith at this moment of trial.

This intrinsic strength is a true reflection of the will and resilience of the nation,î he said. The COAS attended funerals of some of Shaheeds of the Fridayís tragic terrorist attack, in which officers, soldiers, elders, children and civilians lost their lives. The COAS thanked the nation for their wholehearted support and sympathy at this hour of grief. This spontaneous and overwhelming show of solidarity by the nation with the Army is a treasure, which we deeply value and cherish, he said.

Pakistan is our motherland. It is the bastion of Islam. We live and die for the glory of Islam and Pakistan. Our faith, resolve and pride in our religion and in our country is an asset, which is further reinforced after each terrorist incident,î Gen Kayani said. The COAS concluded by reaffirming his conviction in the will of the nation to fight all odds. He said the Army, with the help of the people of Pakistan, will Inshallah protect and preserve our core values and interests in a dignified and chivalrous manner. Later, the COAS visited the Combined Military Hospital and enquired after the health and well being of those wounded in the Fridayís attack.

The COAS reiterated that such acts of cowardice would not dent the resolve of the armed forces and the nation to fight against terrorism. Also, funeral prayers of Lt-Col Dr Fakharul Hassan and his sons, Flying Officer Minhajul Hassan, 24 and Saadul Hassan 17, who were martyred in the Rawalpindi terrorist attack, were offered at the Cavalry Ground, Army Graveyard here on Saturday evening. Air Vice Marshal Sohail Aman, Army officials and a large number of people belonging to all walks of life attended the funeral prayers. Contingents of the Army and the PAF presented a guard of honour. Special prayers were also offered for the departed souls. Later, the martyrs were buried at the Army Graveyard.

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4 comments

  1. Ya Allah PakFoj ko Qamyabi Ata Farma. Aur jo musmlan shahid ho gay un ko Jannatul Fardos ma ala maqam ata farma. Aur un k ghar walo ko sabr ata farma.

    Ya RasoolAllah Unzur Halana, Ya Habib Allah esma Qalana.


    • Ameen, summa ameen.


  2. I guess Zardari’s ‘busy time schedule’ didn’t allow him to do something similar for the deceased (for any of the deceased of past few months, for that matter)?


  3. He said in fact most of the decisions regarding Pakistan’s support to the US were taken by the former president without the knowledge of top military brass.

    He said that Gen Musharraf had not taken corps commanders into confidence before giving control of Jacobabad and Pasni airports to the US. He said the then director-general military operations, the CGS (Shahid Aziz), and the DGs of ISI and MI were told about giving only ‘touch down’ facilities to US helicopters in case of emergency landing for medical reasons and that too when Jacobabad airport had already been handed over to the US forces.

    He said that he himself and the corps commanders came to know much later that airport had been completely handed over the US for regular sorties into Afghanistan when a battalion from the Quetta corps was ordered to move to Jacobabad airport for security.

    ‘When a battalion from Quetta reached Jacobabad for airport security, the Pakistan army personnel were stopped by US troops from entering the area,’ he said.

    They were told that entire airport area had already been handed over to the US troops for security and the Pakistani soldiers should put in place another security layer outside the airport.

    It was only then that the senior army officers, including Shahid Aziz, came to know that the US authorities had set up a large ammunition depot and their planes were using the airport for regular flights to and from Afghanistan.

    The retired general recalled a meeting at the general headquarters, attended by the chief of general staff (Shahid Aziz), director generals of Inter Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence and perhaps director general inter services public relations, in which participants opposed the handing over of airports to the US for operations in Afghanistan that Gen Musharraf informed that he had already given a commitment to the US.

    He believed that Gen Musharraf had issued the orders only to the persons concerned for most of the tasks required by the US forces on ‘need to know basis’ without the knowledge of other military authorities.

    Giving an example, he said, even the NLC was tasked to transport goods and material required by the US directly through the quarter master general.



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