ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top military commander at midnight on Tuesday said that there could be difference of opinion on counter terrorism strategy, however, to bow down before the militancy can never be a solution.

Speaking at the annual military parade at Kakul Military Academy in Abbottabad, Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani emphasised on early execution of steps against terrorism by evolving a national consensus.

“It is important to get united, evolve a national consensus and implement it at earliest to find a solution,” he said.

“The war against terrorism can only be won when we all are on the same page….so there is no doubt in our and terrorists’ minds,” he added.

“We as a nation have never failed….and we will not in the future also,” said Kayani.

The statement from the army chief has surfaced when the newly elected government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is busy in preparing a new national security policy against terrorism.

Speaking during a press conference in Islamabad earlier on Tuesday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had outlined some key features of the government’s security policy to counter terrorism in the country, announcing to formulate a joint intelligence secretariat.

The minister said that preliminary draft of the national security policy will be presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif within two weeks, envisages activation of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and creation of Counter Terrorism Rapid Deployment Force.

The interior minister said a conference of heads of all parties represented in the parliament will be convened later this month. He said the government wants all stakeholders including the public, media and civil and military leadership on the same page before tackling the thorny issue of terrorism faced by the country.

The army chief, on the occasion however, refrained himself from issuing any statement regarding recent clashes between Pakistani and Indian forces at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

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I. Ahmed
August 14, 2013 2:24 am

Bowing down is not a solution, can the handsome and gallant COAS help us understand the problem? Because from his statements, it is clear that he has not been able to articulate the problems to Academy’s future COAS!

August 14, 2013 2:32 am

its not only not a solution,,,,,,its even not an option

August 14, 2013 2:37 am

Excellent realization Mr Kayani, better late than never. Are you ready to take on LeT now?

August 14, 2013 2:48 am

Talk is cheap. Prove something.
August 14, 2013 2:50 am

Upon consensus govt to enter war against militancy vigorously all about our commander opinion on counter terrorism strategy all are considerable but we may require intelligent based policing through all over the country rather than a traditional police. Recent incident in Quetta was been very shocking. May God bless to keep them best place in heaven to all police officers and other victimised over shooting during funeral. Courage and bravery could not be alternative of intelligence which must be share amongs all department. Once system have been adopted then bravery can come cross to achieve the desire goals of success. May God bless to our Army , Police and Pakistan and nation. unanimous Pakistani from UK

August 14, 2013 3:38 am

then y u did it?

August 14, 2013 3:40 am

"We as a nation have never failed….and we will not in the future also,” said Kayani.

If this is what you think.. then what a sorry state are you.... we failed few ys back... and if ur thinking will not change... i don't know what will become of this country.. Whatever is left of the country

muzammil ullah khan
August 14, 2013 3:41 am

Chief is absolutely right. The sooner the civilian leadership decides to tackle this menace head on, the better .

August 14, 2013 5:04 am

Please tell us than what is the solution!, Negotiation

August 14, 2013 5:18 am

Pakistan Army Zindabad. What else the civilian government of Pakistan wants from the armed forces. Gen Kiyani has shown full respect to the civilian government no words of interference and good advise to civilian government to formulate national security policy at the earliest to deal with menace of terrorism which is currently destroying the fort of Islamic Republic Of Pakistan. Please make note of this patriotic advise from our respectable general otherwise it will be too late.

August 14, 2013 6:16 am

General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani said well.

All Pakistani politicans and leaders must realize that every militant and terrorist in Pakistan is a time bomb and no one knows when he will blow up himself taking many innocent men, women and children with him. He has no value for his own life much less for others. If Pakistan is to be saved from the militants and terrorists the only way it can be done is every single soldier or police officer should be free to capture or kill any and all militants or terrorists or suspected militants or terrorists and they should have immunity from due process of law. This is not unreasonable to save innocent human lives.

August 14, 2013 6:29 am

We stand united against terrorism and the enemies of Pakistan !

We stand united for progress, prosperity and equality for all Pakistanis!

Zarghun Khan
August 14, 2013 6:30 am

Dear General Kiyani. It is the military government of General Zia and Genral Musharif who has brought us the jihadis and participation in American War on terror. There is no military solution to this situation, even if you and others in the Army only envisage use of force. The Army must have learned something from the military force debacle back in 1971. Try as much as you can but you cannot put jihadi and Baloch militants under the same hat. Using dirty tactics like secret prisons and torture centers is only aggravating the already complex situation. Do not plant stories in the media. Put your point of view in front of the elected government. Thankyou.

Masood Haider
August 14, 2013 6:31 am

Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif, who advocate dialogue with the terrorists must look at history and realize that appeasement of evil never works. The savages who are murdering innocent people day in and day out are neither our 'brothers' nor loyal to the country. They are insurgents, heartless murderers and traitor who need to be dealt with an iron fist. Their rout in Swat is strong evidence that when there is a will to take action, nothing is unachievable. Besides, there is nothing to negotiate. If the government is willing to abandon the democratic system which has been so difficult to make viable, implement Sharia law, ban education of girls, stop immunization against Polio and otherwise crawl into the 7th century, by all means surrender to these elements.

August 14, 2013 8:51 am

Nation expect from its Sipah-e-Salar (Chief of Army Staff) to make their lives safer and crush the militants and all terrorists outfits once and for all

August 15, 2013 11:09 am

Who says the murderers wish to implement Shariah Laws? You must be kidding. They have invented their own Islam and Shariah Laws to justify killings of innocent men, women and children in mosques, funerals, market places, schools you name it. Those who wish to negotiate with them are against them during the day and with them during the night thus playing double role.

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