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Print Print 2023-07-18

Army backs economic revival plan

  • Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir presides over 258th Corps Commanders’ Conference
Published July 18, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The army top brass, on Monday, was briefed on the terrorists’ sanctuaries in Afghanistan and told that uninterrupted movement and access to the latest weapons enabled them to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir presided over the 258th Corps Commanders’ Conference (CCC) held at GHQ on Monday. In this meeting, the top brass vowed its full support to government’s economic revival plan.

COAS to be part of SIFC apex body

According to a statement issued by the military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR): “The sanctuaries and liberty of action available to the terrorists of proscribed TTP and other groups of that ilk in a neighbouring country and availability of latest weapons to the terrorists were noted as major reasons impacting [the] security of Pakistan.”

The top military brass vowed to fully support the strategic initiatives planned by the Government of Pakistan for the revival of the economy by providing all possible technical and management support for the overall good of the people of Pakistan.

Last Friday, the military deplored the convenience and freedom with which militants have been launching attacks in Pakistan from Afghanistan and said it expected Afghan rulers to take action. It has also highlighted the involvement of Afghan nationals in acts of terrorism in Pakistan.

Following the Zhob and Sui districts attacks in which 12 soldiers embraced martyrdom, the military’s media wing stated: “Armed Forces of Pakistan have serious concerns on the safe havens and liberty of action available to TTP (Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan) in Afghanistan.”

TTP safe havens in Afghanistan: COAS voices anger, vows firm action

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had also criticised the Afghan interim government, alleging a failure to uphold its commitments as outlined in the Doha agreement.

The Taliban government, on the other hand, claimed that Kabul was committed not to allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against any other country.

The corps commanders also deliberated in detail upon the operational preparedness and training aspects of the army.

COAS Gen Munir said, “Objective training remains the hallmark of our professionalism and we must always remain prepared to guard against any threat to our national security.”

The forum paid rich tribute to the supreme sacrifices persistently being offered by the valiant soldiers in the defence of their motherland against the threat of terrorism.

The forum was also told about the government’s economic revival plan and the role of the army in uplifting agriculture, IT, mining and minerals, and defence production sectors under the ambit of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC).

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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zaya zaya Jul 18, 2023 07:44am
government’s economic revival plan and the role of the army in uplifting Military should get out of the way of Private Enterprise and lookafter the safety and security of Jawans and citizens of Pakistan instead, and only be called upon in emergency situation of disease, floods and earthquakes et.al. There is no room for Military role in the Economic Management of the country because the Civilian Govt should take ownership so there is no Blame shifting if govt does not perform.
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brass Jul 18, 2023 08:32am
Border control and bob wire should be on border to restrict free movements
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Aurangazeb Jul 18, 2023 09:34am
Army does everything else but winning wars
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Maqbool Jul 18, 2023 10:36am
It’s seems Pakistan’s creation is now Pakistan Enemy . We still allow Afghanistan full smuggling rights into and out of Pakistan. This lifeline must be stopped by our border guards who allow it . Where is the fence we kept reading about and spent billions on ? How do our enemy terrorists walk through our boarders ? And if we actually have nuclear assets that we keep shouting about, use them against them in their bases in Afghanistan. Not talking no but doing is needed, to save the life’s of our Javan’s . Or more and more noble Pakistanis will keep loseing their lives.
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IMTIAZ CASSUM AGBOATWALA Jul 18, 2023 10:58am
Got nothing to do with the Army .
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Arif Jul 18, 2023 11:10am
Who will invest in a country where Armed forces publicly declare support for economic development by an apparently democratic government? Just see economic progress of other countries where armed forces are so powerful . I might be called an Indian troll but have we ever heard anything like this from Indian Army ?
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Jul 18, 2023 11:36am
Yes after landmark conquest in commercial sector, civil jobs and political fronts now the most honest on earth will clean up the dishonest lazy farmers in agriculture. By the way will they still be getting salaries, pension & perks from nation for doing money making jobs?
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KU Jul 18, 2023 11:49am
The motivation and belief in SIFC are misplaced and ill-advised by experts who have never spent a night in a village or farm. The technology and investment expectation by SIFC will obviously focus on water and electricity availability, which is in short supply and farmers are already suffering from this. So this means that to make SIFC successful, at any cost, farmers will have to sacrifice and suffer further. The only course of action left to sensitize the 180 million people, associated with the agriculture sector, is to give them free visas to settle on planet Mars.
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Bassam Jul 18, 2023 12:06pm
Who is Army to back or not back economic plans? They are servants of the state and shouldnt have any other role than defending the borders and saying YES to whatever orders are given to them by the Government (of Pakistan and not USA).
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Tulukan Mairandi Jul 18, 2023 01:47pm
Army was actually behind the plan. Politicians (without a choice) are backing it.
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Adnan Aziz Jul 18, 2023 02:33pm
Has the Army as a government department like any other government in the country got a choice otherwise? My answer is No. It has to support the government's economic revival program. It is though a different matter that there is no such thing as a 'economic revival program' of the present government which is busy distributing free laptops at a time when bread and butter are becoming difficult for even the middle class. Then Army should have got nothing to do with the economy of the country. What they can do is slash their own hefty budget and perform strictly their own responsibilities.
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AI Jul 18, 2023 10:03pm
Headline is problematic “ Army backs economic revival plan.” If that’s how it goes in Pakistan then why is Navy and Air Force irrelevant?
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Alishah Jul 19, 2023 10:00pm
It's about time the Armed Forces realize their ONLY AND ONLY role is to provide the defense services to the country. Their is absolutely NO WAY army's job lays anywhere near the economy, let alone economic "revival." There is no other army aside from this PakArmy that meddles in the civilian govt. You have one job, do it sincerely and that's enough, don't try to finge your nose into unnecessary things.
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Zak Jul 20, 2023 02:39am
Every country in the world has Army, But Pakistan Army has a country called Pakistan. Pak Army focus on businesses not limited to, Askari Housing, Askari Bank, Fouji Fertiliser, Askari Cement, NLC ( National Logistics Cell), FWO (Frontier Works Organisation) etc etc etc etc , Which Army in the world is engaging in doing businesses??? When they says they will supporting the Economic Revival Plan, They are dead right because they have sooooo many businesses in this poor country that they have to provide their support to so they can spend luxuries life, Ahhhh. This nation is sooo bad luck that we got this type of Army who only and only think about themselves and not for poors of this nation, Don’t they see that the corrupt politicians looting this country??? They do see it but they have closed their eyes because they are also part of them.
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