RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Thursday said that the country was confronted with difficult challenges and asked all segments of the society to play their due role to face these challenges and defeat all kinds of threats.Speaking at the 105th Corps Commanders Conference held at General Headquarters here on Thursday, he said it is the harmonization of socio-political, administrative and military strategies that will usher an environment of peace and stability in the long term. Ultimately it is the will of the people and their support that is decisive,” he added.
This was the first conference chaired by General Kayani after assumption of his office as COAS. The participants were given a comprehensive briefing on security environment in and around the country with a special focus on Army’s employment in Swat and Waziristan Agencies.Speaking on the occasion General Kayani emphasized that training and professional pursuits must remain our prime focus to enhance operational preparedness so that we attain the highest standards of capability at all levels to meet challenges of internal and external threat in tandem with other elements of national power.
He said that Army will spare no effort in defending the country. He said that modernizing of the Army is progressing well, which will ensure that we maintain our cutting edge.Concurrent to training and enhancement of operational preparedness, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that welfare of troops shall be accorded the highest priority. In this regard, 2008 has been declared as ‘Year of the Soldier’. Concentrated efforts will be made through a comprehensive package to improve quality of life of soldiers in all facets, he added.
Reviewing Army’s employment in various parts of the country to support the Civil Administration in maintenance of law and order, Chief of Army Staff appreciated the efforts of Army in undertaking difficult tasks in a challenging environment. He said while troops are undertaking this challenging assignment all resources that are essential for successful completion of the task shall be provided to the troops. He appreciated all ranks of the Army for their good work in assisting local administration in restoring law and order in Sindh during the last two days.-SANA