Kayani lauds nation’s defiance against “misguided minority” in polls

Published May 21, 2013
Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani addresses the participants of Counter Improvised Explosive Devises (C-IEDs) International Symposium on Saving Lives by defeating IEDs held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday. – Photo by ISPR
Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani addresses the participants of Counter Improvised Explosive Devises (C-IEDs) International Symposium on Saving Lives by defeating IEDs held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday. – Photo by ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has said people of Pakistan not only withstood the threat of terrorism but also defied unfounded dictates of an insignificant and misguided minority in the recently held general elections.

Addressing a day-long international symposium on countering IEDs at the GHQ on Monday, he said the Pakistani nation has amply demonstrated during the May 11 elections that as a nation they can withstand any challenge.

“As a nation our commitment to moderation, prosperity and rule of law is total and unwavering, we have resolve and firm belief to overcome such challenges,” the army chief remarked.

According to a press release issued by the Inter Services Public relations (ISPR), Kayani also highlighted and elaborated on the menace of IED threats prevailing in the region and recommended an international forum to counter it.

“I would like to propose formation of a Regional Military C-IED Forum supported by a wider international forum to benefit from experiences of all countries involved.”

“I am hopeful that this proposal will receive serious consideration from the participants and their countries,” said the Pakistani army chief.

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