I am addressing for the last time as Army Chief of Pakistan, says General Qamar Bajwa

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa addressed the Defence and Martyrs day ceremony at the General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

He said, “I am addressing today for the last time as Army Chief of Pakistan.”

He said that there was a limit to patience and some political parties and leaders created an environment against the army. He said that one party after the defeat in 2018 called the other as selected while another one after a vote of no confidence called them as imported.

Addressing the ceremony he said that the army will never participate in politics. He said that army has decided that it will not play role in politics and will remain apolitical.

He said that the army could never sit idle in case of any foreign conspiracy in the country. He said that Pakistan was facing an economic crisis and that all stakeholders should come forward for a prosperous Pakistan

Army Chief paid tribute to martyrs and Ghazis of the army. He said that the ceremony was held late due to floods. He reiterated the resolve that the army will always remember the sacrifices and will stand with their families forever

He said that he was proud of being the army chief for six years He said that the army was always required for securing the borders of any country but the Pakistan army has always worked ahead of its mandate including floods, COVID, economic measures and others.

General Bajwa said that 1971’s issue was not due to the army but that was due to political forces. He said that most human rights violation happens in India. He also said that the Pakistan army always works for the country and its people.

A film depicting the destruction caused by floods in Pakistan was shown at the ceremony. The video paid honour and respect to the military personnel.

During the occasion which was attended by serving and retired military leaders at the GHQ, a documentary named Falah-o-Behbood was also shown which shed light on the military’s efforts for the welfare of its troops and their families.

A special documentary about the efforts and achievements of the Pakistan Army was also included in the ceremony. It entailed the success of the Pakistan Army in various fields including wars against neighbouring rivals, technological advancements and efforts toward a prosperous Pakistan.

This was General Bajwa’s final Defense and Martyrs’ Day event as Pakistan’s COAS, only six days before he retires on November 29.

He was appointed army commander in 2016 for a three-year term that was extended by three years when parliament enacted service head tenures on Supreme Court decisions.

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