Pakistan is Bastion of Islam: Gen. KayaniDecember 7, 2009
COAS thanks nation for wholehearted support and sympathy
By Sajjad Malik
RAWALPINDI: Friday’s terrorist attacks strengthened the resolve of the people and the Pakistan Army to defeat terrorism, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani said on Saturday.
“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,” he said while talking to the relatives of the victims of the Parade Lane mosque attack.
He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and said the nation, including the Army stands united in sharing their grief. While talking to members of the bereaved families, he praised their exemplary strength of faith at this moment of trial.
This intrinsic strength was a true reflection of the indomitable will and resilience of the Pakistani nation, General Kayani said.
The COAS thanked the nation for their wholehearted support and sympathy at the hour of grief. He said this spontaneous and overwhelming show of solidarity by the nation with the army was a treasure, which “we deeply value and cherish”.
“Such acts (terrorism) of cowardice would not dent the resolve of the armed forces and the nation to fight terrorism,” the COAS said.