Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir asserted that the acts of terrorism that occurred on the 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal revealed the malicious intentions of the Khawarij, who are supported by state sponsors of terrorism.
These remarks came during his visit to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Quetta where he inquired after the victims of Mastung and Zhob blasts.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS's visit to Quetta included a comprehensive briefing on the recent terrorist attacks in Mastung and Zhob.
The briefing was also attended by Federal Minister of Interior, Chief Minister Balochistan and key Provincial Ministers along with senior civil and military officials. The participants offered Fateha for the Shuhadas of Mastung, Hangu, and Zhob incidents.
COAS pays tribute to martyrs
COAS paid rich tribute to the Shuhada and remarked “Such incidents of Terrorism on 12 Rabi’ al-Awwal, depicts the ill intent of the Khawarij, who have the backing of State Sponsors of Terrorism."
He added "These terrorists and their facilitators, having no link with religion and ideology, are proxies of the enemies of Pakistan and its people. These forces of evil will continue to face full might of the state and security forces backed by a resilient nation."
"Our operation against terrorists would continue unabated and the Armed Forces, Intelligence and Law Enforcement Agencies shall not rest till the menace of terrorism is rooted out from the country," said COAS.
'Terrorists’ pseudo-ideology rejected'
The army chief emphasised “People of Pakistan have rejected terrorists’ pseudo ideology and propaganda of their backers and they are fully committed to peace, economic progress & human development which indeed is causing a lot of distress to forces of evil in and outside of Pakistan”.
COAS visited CMH Quetta, where he met the injured and families of Mastung incident who are being provided full medical care by Pakistan Army. He also lauded the bravery and resilience of Balochistan Police and Law Enforcement personnel.
He assured full cooperation and support to the families of shuhada and assured them that terrorists, their abettors and facilitators will not be spared.
Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Chief Minister Balochistan and Commander Balochistan Corps.