PM vows all-out support for army during GHQ visit

  • COAS says army will resolutely support government in addressing security challenges
  • Shehbaz, cabinet members pay tribute to martyrs, lay floral wreath at martyrs’ memorial

RAWALPINDI: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday assured that the government will provide all the resources required for ensuring operational readiness of the armed forces, the military media said in a statement.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the premier expressed these remarks during a visit to General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi along with key members of the cabinet.

The prime minister was received by Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Syed Asim Munir, and was presented guard of honour. A floral wreath at the martyrs’ memorial was laid by the premier, to pay tribute to the martyrs.

During the visit, PM Shehbaz and cabinet members engaged in discussions with military leadership on matters of national security, regional stability and military preparedness.

They were briefed on the current security environment, threat spectrum, response to the security threats and ongoing counter-terrorism operations.

The ISPR statement said that the prime minister and cabinet members appreciated the professionalism, operational readiness, and sacrifices of the Pakistan Army in war against terrorism and commended the dedication of the Pakistan Army to safeguarding the nation’s territorial integrity and ensuring peace and stability.

The PM assured that the government shall provide all the resources required for ensuring operational readiness of the armed forces. He said that Pakistan is destined to rise and the role of the armed forces in ensuring the peaceful rise of Pakistan cannot be over-emphasised.

COAS thanked the PM for the visit and reposing confidence in the army. The army chief affirmed that the Pakistan Army will continue to measure up to the nation’s expectations and will resolutely support the government in addressing the security challenges facing Pakistan.

The visit concluded with civilian and military leadership reiterating their commitment to upholding national interests and working together for a prosperous and secure Pakistan, the statement further said.

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