Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Attack on seminary in Peshawar is anti-Islam: COAS

Attack on seminary in Peshawar is anti-Islam: COAS

RAWALPINDI (92 News) - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that the terrorists have no religion and the attack on seminary in Peshawar is anti-Islam.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS visited Upper Dir and Malakand Division where he was given detailed briefing on border management and stabilization process.

Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Nauman Mahmood received Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Pak-Afghan peace interlinked

Speaking on the occasion, COAS Bajwa also said that the peace of Pakistan and Afghanistan is interlinked between both the countries. He appreciated the work done on border fencing in the troubled area. He said that the border management system is a true reflection of the country s commitment to peace.

The army chief paid rich tributes to the efforts of soldiers for peace in the region. He also directed the troops to remain vigilant in the wake of recent terrorist incidents by miscreants.

Later, COAS Bajwa visited Lady Reading hospital and inquired about the health of those wounded in Peshawar madrassa blast. On this occasion, he said that on December 16, 2014, innocent children were targeted in APS Peshawar.

"On the occasion of Black Kashmir Day on October 27, the enemies once again attacked on the innocent children of the madrassa to revive their dark history and nefarious intentions. The children who victimised during the attack included a large number of Afghan refugee children," he maintained.

He said that the act of attack on seminary is against the Islam and the nation again rejected the narrative of terrorists today same like the yesterday. " Afghan refugees in Pakistan should also aware of such hostile forces," he added.

"Even yesterday, the nation rejected the enemy and defeated the terrorist ideology. Even today we are united and will fight it together. I have come to express my solidarity and determination, especially to share the grief of these children, teachers and families of the madrassa. We will not leave China until we bring the terrorists and their facilitators to justice," he mentioned.

The army chief said that terrorism has no religion. His ideology is to spread terror and create an atmosphere of fear in the society. "The attack on the madrassa is in fact anti-Islamic. They target innocent civilians, including madrassas, pulpits, mosques, imambargahs, churches, temples, educational institutions and law enforcement agencies."

COAS Bajwa said that both Afghanistan and Pakistan have faced terrorism in the last two decades. "Pakistan opened its hearts and doors to the refugee brothers. We always share sorrows and joys of our Afghan brothers. The peace of Afghanistan and Pakistan is interlinked," he said.

Gen Bajwa said that Pak-Afghan border fence is a fence of peace. It is designed to prevent the illegal movement of terrorists on both sides of the border.

"Both Pakistan and Afghanistan cannot afford any instability and chaos in the current situation as the consequences will be dangerous. Our hearts used to beat together and we are still connected. Comprehension and unity is the need of the hour. We strive to give a secure, stable and prosperous Pakistan to future generations," he further said.