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The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa cautioned against his efforts to discredit the country and its armed forces and said the army would win the “fifth generation or hybrid war” with the nation’s cooperation.
“We are facing the challenge that has been imposed on us in the form of the fifth generation or hybrid war. Its purpose is to discredit the country and its armed forces and spread chaos. We are well aware of this danger. We will surely succeed in winning this war with the cooperation of the nation, by the will of Almighty Allah,” Gen Bajwa said at a ceremony held at the General Headquarters on Sunday as part of celebration of Defence and Martyrs’ Day.
He conferred awards for gallantry acts on military personnel during numerous operations on the occasion.
The martyrs’ and Ghazis families, senior serving officers, and soldiers attended the ceremony. Sitara-i-Imtiaz (military) was awarded to as many as 40 officers, 24 officers and soldiers were awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat, and a soldier was awarded the UN Medal. The martyrs’ medals were being collected by members of their families.
The army chief warned against war. “I want to send a message to my nation and the world that Pakistan is a peace-loving country. But if war is imposed on us, we will befittingly respond to every aggression. We are always ready to defeat nefarious intentions of the enemy.”
Gen Bajwa said over the last 20 years the country had gone through great trials. There has been a state of war on the eastern and western borders and there have been trials such as earthquakes and floods, he added, adding that the country has fought a nerve-wracking war against terrorism and extremism in which thousands have been killed and millions displaced.
The COAS stressed that Pakistani security forces had made many sacrifices by being part of the United Nations peacekeeping force to maintain peace in different parts of the world.