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

Daily Messenger - - Front Page - Sikan­dar Ra­jput Staff Re­porter

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.

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