When Karachi bleeds, Pakistan bleeds: COAS
Army chief hopes for peace with India, says ‘it takes two to tango’ Security and economy are interlinked says Gen Qamar Bajwa
KARACHI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Wednesday that Karachi was extremely vital for Pakistan for economic reasons and said that when the largest city of the country bled, the nation bled with it.
General Bajwa said I am really honoured to be here today amongst the most learned and vibrant community of Pakistan I commend efforts of the organizers for organizing this seminar on such an important topic. I must appreciate the quality of papers presented here and hope that their conclusions will resonate through all the concerned quarters in both economic as well as in security domains
As I often tell my friends that the first page I see in a newspaper after the headlines; is that of “business and economy” as economy touches almost all aspects of our life
Rather, itwould not be wrong to say that economy is reflection of quality of our life. It reflects the wealth of a nation, but in doing so, it also indicates the nation’s health, including the strength of its institutions and the trust of its people
There was a time at the end of the cold war, when it became fashionable to say that human civilization had come to a point where the cold logic of economic interests alone would dictate national security
Unfortunately, that is no more relevant now, as in the last two decades or so, we have seen reappearance of age old fault lines and reassertion of ancient parochial passions of race, language, religion and identity hence security has once again, become the foremost buisness and task of the state
Today, security and economy are interlinked. Erstwhile USSR had no dearth of armoured divisions but it broke up due to weak economic base. Similarly, rich countries without corresponding security apparatus, may invite aggression from others, Kuwait is a good example
All nations today are reviewing the old dilemma of “Guns versus Butter”, that is; how to achieve a balance between economic viability and national security. Countries like Pakistan never had the luxury of such a review. We live in one of the most volatile regions of the world, dealing with multiple crises since inception, but increasingly so during the last four decades
Therefore, we must be able to evolve on the way. We have to continuously ensure a viable balance between economy and security. Only then will we arrive at a future that ensures sustained peace and happiness for our people
Let me first talk on security – National security today, is a wide ranging subject. Leaders across the world understand clearly that security is the product of an interplay of factors that encompass the political, economic, military, social, human and environmental facets. That makes security a very complex issue. As the Army Chief, I am primarily responsible for themilitary security including its external and internal dimensions. However, it would be naive of me to talk of unidimensional security without first understanding the effects of all the aforementioned factors
Today, Alhamdullilah, we have a much improved security situation on the internal front. The challenges to the state’s writ have been defeated, though residual threat still resides. The situation is stable but there is apparent fragility at places
RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Defence, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan presenting a shield to H.E. Mr. Mehdi Honardoost, Ambassador of Iran at Ministry of Defence.