General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the chief of army staff, paid respect to the military martyrs on Wednesday and reassured their families that the Pakistan Army will never abandon the bereaved.
General Bajwa apologized for the delay in the Defense and Martyrs’ day ceremony caused by the floods at the beginning of his final speech as the army chief during the ceremony at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
While acknowledging the patience of their bereaved families, he stated, “First and foremost, I would like to pay honor to the martyrs who are the pride of Pakistan while promising them that the army will continue to meet their financial needs.”
General Bajwa stated, “I am pleased to have served as the commander of this magnificent army for six years,” adding that the calm in towns and villages is a result of the martyrs’ sacrifices.
Touching upon history during his address, the outgoing army chief said that he wanted to “correct” some facts regarding the events of 1971.
1971 was a political disaster rather than a military one. “Our army bravely fought in East Pakistan,” the COAS emphasized.
In his speech, General Bajwa stated that the military’s primary responsibility is to safeguard national boundaries.
The COAS said that armies around the world are seldom criticized, however, Pakistan Army is often subjected to criticism.
“I think the reason for that is the army’s involvement in politics. That is why in February, the army decided to not interfere in politics.”
He noted that in 2018, using RTS as an explanation, the winning party was referred to as “chosen,” and that after being defeated in a motion of no confidence, one party referred to the other as “imported.”
We need to reject this mindset, he insisted. “Winning and losing are parts of politics, and all parties should have fortitude to accept their defeat or success so that at the next election an elected government is created rather than one that has been imported or chosen.
Due to the devastating floods that occurred throughout Pakistan in September as a result of the monsoon rains, the event was postponed.
At the outset of the ceremony, a video highlighting the devastations caused by floods in Pakistan was played. The military soldiers, who contributed toward relief, rescue and rehabilitation efforts during the flooding, were paid tribute through the video.
A Falah-o-Behbood documentary was also shown during the ceremony, which was attended by both active-duty and retired military personnel at the GHQ. The documentary provided insight into the efforts made by the military to ensure the welfare of its personnel and their families.
This will be General Bajwa’s last Defence and Martyrs’ day ceremony as Pakistan’s COAS and comes just six days before he is set to retire from the post of Pakistan’s army chief on November 29.
He was appointed army chief in 2016 for a three-year tenure, which was extended by three years in after parliament legislated on the tenures of services chiefs on the orders of the Supreme Court.
COAS Gen Bajwa role in tackling challenges exemplary
In the face of evolving contests and uncertainties in the region, the role played by COAS Gen Bajwa to tackle the rising challenges remained exemplary in managing the hardcore professional tasks as well as helping Pakistan navigate choppy waters during the last six years.
Strengthen Pakistan’s ties with other nations
Military diplomacy played a significant part in strengthening Pakistan’s ties with nations throughout the world, and General Bajwa’s leadership of the Pakistan Army was important in convincing Saudi Arabia and China to refinance their debts. Karkey Karadeniz Electrik Uterim (a Turkish company) dispute resolution was one of the examples of Pakistan Army efforts for the nation’s economic well-being under his leadership. A core group made up of civil and military authorities discovered evidence of corruption in Turkey, Switzerland, Lebanon, Panama, and Dubai. A Turkish corporation named Karkey Karadeniz Electrik Uterim (Karkey) was also proven to be corrupt.
Role Of General Qamar Javed Bajwa In Reko Diq
Pakistan was saved the $11 billion fine in the Reko Diq case and was able to restart a project to extract significant gold and copper reserves from the site in Balochistan as a result of the Army’s tireless efforts, led by COAS. The COAS personally persuaded all parties for a National Consensus, which led to the Reko Diq deal.
Over the course of the last three years, there have been various rounds of negotiations that have led to the Reko Diq accord. The world’s biggest gold and copper mine may one day be Reko Diq. Pakistan will be freed from its debilitating debt, and a new period of growth and prosperity will begin.
For the Federal, Provincial Governments, and the people of Balochistan, Reko Diq will prove to be a game changer It shall not only restore an investment-friendly image of Pakistan but will also accrue major economic benefits, development of indigenous mineral exploration capability, and result in a momentous socio-economic boost for the people of Balochistan.
Nation’s first-ever National Security Policy credited to General Bajwa
The nation’s first-ever National Security Policy, which emphasises geoeconomics as a key component of the country’s national security framework, should also be credited to General Bajwa for making it public.
The military’s growing emphasis on economic stability shows that the institution understands that full sovereignty and security cannot be attained in the absence of economic constancy.
Plan and implement a radical design for the NCOC
While the world was being torn apart by the impending crises during the pandemic, Pakistan’s military took the initiative to plan and implement a startegic design for the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). A cutting-edge, speedy, yet long-lasting solution emerged thanks to the military’s organisational structure.
It not only contributed to the distribution of food and medical equipment to the poor but also carried out large-scale awareness campaigns about Covid-19. Due to such effective and synergized efforts, Pakistan has not only tackled Covid-19 aftermaths very efficiently but also averted an impending economic tragedy.
Facilite the prosecution of India spy/terrorist kulbhushan jadhav
He played a vital role in faciliting the prosecution of India spy/terrorist kulbhushan jadhav