COAS warns against information warfare, says army to preserve bonds with people

    Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir on Saturday vowed to defeat the attempts by Pakistan’s enemies to drive a wedge between the people and the armed forces.

    Addressing the passing out parade of the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the army chief said that the people were central to the unity of the state and that Pakistan’s future and progress depended on internal cohesion, democracy, and constitutionalism.

    “Our enemies are hell-bent upon driving a wedge between our people and armed forces for their ulterior motives. We will ensure that this bond is preserved and further solidified through the selfless performance of the duties entrusted to us within the confines of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” he said.

    General Munir said that the Pakistani armed forces were determined to take all necessary measures to counter internal and external threats, recognizing that the enemies may try to create division and mistrust between the people and the military.

    He expressed concern at the increasing use of information warfare from within and across Pakistan’s borders.

    The army chief said that while the country had defeated organized terrorism as an existential threat, the scourge still posed a significant threat to society. He stated that there was no room for the spoilers of Pakistan’s great enterprise and vowed to foil any attempts aimed at causing instability or terrorism.

    “The army will never shy away from sacrifices,” he said.

    The COAS emphasized that the country and its armed forces aimed to mitigate current and future challenges. He warned the country’s enemies — both within and beyond — that the armed forces of Pakistan would never shy away from sacrifices to stabilize, secure, and safeguard the future of upcoming generations.

    The COAS noted that the army adhered to the founding father’s vision of making no distinctions based on caste, colour, creed, gender, or geography. He emphasized that Pakistan’s ideology was rooted in the principles of Islam and the golden values of unity, faith, and discipline.

    He asserted that the armed forces “stand resolute to mitigate the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

    “Pakistan believes in harmonious coexistence with all,” General Munir stated. He welcomed recent regional engagement and peace initiatives and expressed hope that they would have a positive impact on the state of peace.

    The army chief stressed the importance of safeguarding Pakistan’s territorial integrity. “To protect our sovereignty, we are all aware of the means to do it,” he said.

    “I assure the people of Pakistan that we are always ready and will never hesitate in rendering any and every sacrifice necessary for the defence of our sacred motherland,” he added.

    The army chief asserted that Pakistan’s stability was inextricably linked to the stability, security, and peace of Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan’s ongoing support for peace talks was a testament to its commitment to a peaceful, economically integrated, and prosperous region.

    He emphasized that no other country had been as hospitable to its neighbours as Pakistan, noting that the country had hosted approximately 5 million refugees over four decades.

    General Munir said the Pakistani nation had made significant sacrifices in terms of blood, toil, and treasure, and was earnestly seeking enduring stability in Afghanistan.