Pakistan at crossroads in terror fight, must decide: Army chief

Gen Bajwa for arresting extremist tendencies

Curbing terrorism: Youth being exploited by terrorist groups, says army chief

Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa made shocking revelation during his speech today in the seminar on Thursday over "Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism", organised by ISPR. A youth driven towards extremism is a youth without a clear idea of his values and identity.

He said youth is Pakistan's investment in future.

Gen Bajwa's statement also draws a parallel to the statement of Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, who a few days ago, warned against the misuse of social media.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has reportedly compiled a list of 33 social media users on Friday for carrying out propaganda against Pakistan Army over Dawn Leaks.

Demographically, over 50% of our population is projected to be less than 25 years of age. "As we transit gradually from major operations against terrorism to more intricate, targeted operations against residual threat, under the ambit of Operation Rad-ul-Fasaad, we must also find ways to ensure that the causes behind terrorism are addressed and National Action Plan is actualized", he maintained.

With Pakistan becoming securer and promising by the day, the army chief said that it was perhaps the time to reverse brain drain, saying the country needed them more than any other country in the world.

While referring to the rising extremism in India, Gen Bajwa said that India has given in to the extremism and hate has been mainstreamed.

He said the Hindutva extremism of the RSS, deprivation of Palestinians, the burning and desecration of mosques or gurdwaras in western capitals, the rise of hyper-nationalists and the monster of racism, are all manifestations of extremism. He said Pakistan Army the best army in the world. He said the youth are taking part in political discourse in unprecedented numbers and are active in the social arena as well.

The army chief said both "state and non-state" elements are "waging the biggest and most sustained hybrid war against Pakistan", trying to connect to the country's disillusioned youth via smartphone technology and the internet.

He said Pakistan was cognizant of these threats and was actively countering them with the support of the entire nation.

He said our homes, educational institutions and media houses are the first line of defence against extremism in the society. "Therefore, we will only have a clear concept of extremism if we have a clear concept of our own identity and values".

General Bajwa mentioned that, Army is handling many issues including Reko Diq Case, Indus Water Treaty Case, Kulbhushan Jadhav Case along with all the operations against terrorism in the country.

"I stand very privileged here today as your host to welcome you on this seminar as part of our ongoing operation Raddul Fasaad", he said. He added that one of its objective is to eliminate extremism from our society.

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