PTM itself is not an issue, says Army Chief

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) itself is not an issue; however, few individuals playing in foreign hands are by design exploiting sentiments of the people who have actually suffered at the hands of terrorism and now need care.PTM itself is not an issue, says Army Chief

While interacting with students of various Universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Corps Auditorium in Peshawar on Wednesday, the COAS said that Pakistan is blessed with dynamic and talented youth and future of Pakistan belongs to them.

The COAS said that Pakistani nation and its Armed forces have done a great job for fighting against terrorism. It’s time now to have its dividends through socio economic development in which education is most important, he said.

Referring to PTM, he said that the PTM itself is not an issue, adding that the issues being highlighted are genuine and natural in post operation environment. However, he added that, few individuals playing in foreign hands are by design exploiting sentiments of the people who have actually suffered at the hands of terrorism and now need care.

The COAS said that both government and the security forces are working to address genuine issues of the tribals regardless of where they come from.

“For us progress towards enduring peace through socio economic development comes first and we shall fail all inimical forces and their conspiracies trying to undo our gains,” the COAS concluded.

Students expressed full support for Pakistan armed forces and said that they will be contributors and not by standers to bright future of Pakistan and they will not be swayed by detractors of any type.

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