RAWALPINDI  -  Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Monday expressed the hope that the youth would realise their potential and lead the country to a new era of peace and progress.

“Pakistan is blessed with talented and vibrant youth and future of Pakistan belonged to them,” he said during his visit Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate where he interacted with youth during the ongoing annual internship programme.

The army chief congratulated the students on successful completion of the internship programme. He said that the state was determined to root out extremism and terrorism for which youth had an important role to play.

He said that nature and character of war had changed. “Youth now is prime target of our enemies in the hybrid war,” he said.

He urged the youth to stay determined and defeat all such threats to take Pakistan forward to its rightful destination as part of the nation.

Acknowledging efforts of youth on historic merger of erstwhile Fata into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the COAS said that this mainstreaming would facilitate bringing enduring peace, stability and socio-economic development for the long neglected and terrorism hit area.

Education has to stay as our national priority and Pakistan Army is determined to provide wholehearted support towards this state objective, especially in Balochistan.

“Establishment of NUST Campus in Balochistan and Khush Hal Balochistan are testimony of our commitment,” he said.

The annual Internship Programme 2018 was held in ISPR, comprising students of various educational institutions from across the country.


Youth to lead Pakistan to new era of peace, progress: COAS