ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has condemned terrorism in all its manifestations and extended full support to all the forces to bring enduring peace in the country.

In his message on the International Day of Victims of Terrorism issued by the ISPR on Tuesday, the COAS said that terrorism was a global menace and required collective response.

According to the ISPR, the COAS paid rich tributes to victims of terrorism. He said that Pakistani nation and its armed forces had bravely and successfully stood up to the challenge and were on a positive trajectory to defeat it effectively.

The army chief said “Our collective resolve shall defeat all inimical forces which tried to push us towards darkness but are failing in the face of our national resilience and determination”. “We strongly condemn terrorism in all its manifestations and extend full support to all the forces of order and peace to bring enduring peace”, the COAS concluded.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday that Pakistan stood with international community in its efforts to eradicate terrorism and stressed joint action to support the victims of terrorism.

In his message on the ‘International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism’, the prime minister said the eve is to thank and honour Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies and armed forces who rendered immense sacrifices to ensure the safety and security of the country’s people.

The day is being marked for the first time in the world on August 21 to pay tribute to the victims of terrorism.

The prime minister said the government of Pakistan on its part had taken a number of measures to support victims of terrorism including rehabilitation of temporarily dislocated persons, rebuilding damaged infrastructure and payment of monetary compensation to the victims and their families.

He said the government of Pakistan and its people venerate and paid tribute to all those who suffered immensely at the hand of terrorists.

He said Pakistan had been one of the worst victims of terrorism, suffering thousands of casualties in this war, of both civilians and security personnel.

“We particularly hold in our thoughts and prayers the victims of heartless and brutal attack on Peshawar Army Public School that resulted in loss of more than 130 precious lives. The lives that were lost too early, which we will never forget,” he said.

Imran said despite these losses, the country’s resolve to fight terrorism remained unwavering.

“In the face of every tragedy, the resilient Pakistani nation has shown that the values of enlightenment, compassion and empathy that bind us together, are much stronger than the forces of intolerance, hatred, and violence that aim to divide us,” he said.