Hate mainstreamed; extremism new normal in India, says Pak army chief
Hate mainstreamed; extremism new normal in India, says Pak army chief
War on terrorism to continue with support of all state organs Bajwa Posted
19 May, 2017, 22:18
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that the armed forces fought the menace of terrorism valiantly and set an example for the world in cleansing the barbarians from their potholes.
"A youth driven towards extremism is a youth without a clear idea of his values and identity", the COAS said.
He said the youth in Pakistan is getting exploited due to "poor governance" and "lack of justice" in society.
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has reportedly compiled a list of 33 social media users on Friday for carrying out propaganda against Pakistan Army over Dawn Leaks.
Gen Bajwa said that Pakistan Army was the only army in the world that has defeated terrorism of this scale.
Citing the demographics of the country, he said 50 per cent of the Pakistani population is projected to be less than 25 years of age, adding that the future of this country "literally lies" in whatever direction the youth takes. "As we transit gradually from major operations against terrorism to more intricate, targeted operations against residual threat, under the ambit of Operation Rad-ul-Fasaad, we must also find ways to ensure that the causes behind terrorism are addressed and National Action Plan is actualized".
"The ultimate objective of any religion is to teach you how to live a good life, not how to die a destructive death", the Army chief said.
He further said the Hindutva extremism of the RSS and their GaoRakshaks, deprivation of Palestinians, the burning and desecration of mosques or gurdwaras in western capitals, the rise of hyper nationalists and the monster of racism, were all manifestations of extremism.
He also accused "enemies of Pakistan" of waging war against the country.
He said that the Indian leadership has made no secret of its active involvement in the proxy struggle in East Pakistan and now in Balochistan.
"We are cognizant of these threats and are actively countering them with the support of the whole nation".
He said that our homes, educational institutions, including schools, madrassahs and even institutes of higher learning, and media houses are the first line of defence against extremism in the society. "We will only have a clear concept of extremism if we have a clear concept of our own identity and values".
General Bajwa mentioned that, Army is handling many issues including Reko Diq Case, Indus Water Treaty Case, Kulbhushan Jadhav Case along with all the operations against terrorism in the country.
He pointed out that one of operation Raddul Fassad's strands was to eliminate extremism from our society.
"We are being targeted by not only terrorists but also spin masters of multiple hostile agencies, trying to subvert our minds, particularly that of our youth", stated Bajwa in an impassioned speech.
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