ABBOTTABAD – Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Monday said Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam and no power could dare eliminate Islam from the country, reported a private TV channel.

Addressing a special ceremony held at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul in connection with the Independence Day, Kayani, at the same time, said the on-going war against terror was justified, as no one had the right to impose his will on others, adding that Pakistan and Islam were synonym to each other, he maintained, as he asked the audience to promise to make every possible sacrifice for the country. Kayani also advised to learn lesson from the past experiences and think about the future, saying the fight against extremism was to be owned by the whole country and the armed forces were not the sole stakeholders.

Highlighting the military’s role, Kayani said the army had already complete development projects worth 25 billion rupees in collaboration with the government.