Ex-ser­vice­men laud solid stance of COAS on drone at­tack

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF REPORTER

IS­LAM­ABAD—The Pak­istan Ex-ser­vice­men As­so­ci­a­tion (PESA) on Mon­day lauded the firm stance of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif on the US drone at­tack that killed Tal­iban leader Mulla Akhtar Man­soor.

US at­tack on Mulla Akhtar Man­soor was a well-or­ches­trated con­spir­acy against Pak­istan which pushed away Tal­iban from talks, said a press re­lease here.

This was ob­served in a meet­ing of Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of PESA presided by its Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Vice Ad­mi­ral Ahmad Tas­nim.

The former mil­i­tary lead­ers said that US at­tack was aimed to dam­age the grow­ing links be­tween Pak­istan and China and harm CPEC which has hit peace ef­forts as well as co­op­er­a­tion against ter­ror­ism.

Ad­mi­ral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari, Air Mar­shal (Retd) Ma­sood Akhtar , Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Ak­bar, Brig (Retd) Mian Mah­mud, Brig (Retd) Javed Akhtar Khan, Brig (Retd) Arbi Khan, Col Dalel Khan, Brig (Retd) Masud ul Hassan, Capt Ak­mal Shah (Navy), Capt (Retd) Nawaz Ali (Chief Or­ga­nizer Sindh) Ch Zia Naseem Ghum­man and oth­ers par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing.

The former mil­i­tary lead­ers said Pak­istan con­tinue to strive for bet­ter re­la­tions with US but it can­not com­pro­mise its re­la­tions with China to please any other power. Mem­bers stressed the need to de­velop re­la­tions with other na­tions of the re­gion also, Rus­sia and Iran in par­tic­u­lar.

Young­sters bathing in foun­tain in a lo­cal park in fed­eral cap­i­tal dur­ing scorch­ing hot weather.—APP

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