Will re­con­struct Pak brick-by-brick: COAS

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Mon­i­tor­ing Desk

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen­eral Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa on Thurs­day said that no per­son or in­sti­tu­tion is above the law.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tion (ISPR) Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor read out the army chief's mes­sage while ad­dress­ing the me­dia in Rawalpindi.

"We will re­con­struct Pak­istan brick-by-brick to have a nor­malised Pak­istan… the coun­try will run as per the Con­sti­tu­tion," the army's spokesper­son quoted the COAS as say­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to

Gen Qa­mar, pre­rog­a­tive of vi­o­lence rests with the state alone.

Ear­lier in his me­dia talk, Maj-Gen Ghafoor had said that the Pak­istan Army is fo­cused on im­prov­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with In­dia.

The head of the mil­i­tary's me­dia wing re­gret­ted that the coun­try's east- ern neigh­bour has not agreed on re­sum­ing di­a­logue with Pak­istan and crit­i­cised the hard­line BJP-led gov­ern­ment for the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of ties.

Re­fer­ring to the re­cent open­ing of the visa-free Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor, the DG ISPR said that the ini­tia­tive was taken to fa­cil­i­tate the Sikh com­mu­nity and to ease their pil­grim­age.

He added that Kar­tarpur will be solely a one-way tran­sit pas­sage and Pak­ista­nis will not be able to use the cor­ri­dor to travel to In­dia.

Agen­cies add: Di­rec­tor Gen­eral In­ter Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR) Ma­jor Gen­eral Asif Ghafoor says Pak­istan is a con­fi­dent and re­spon­si­ble nu­clear ca­pa­ble state and any mis­ad­ven­ture from In­dia will be re­sponded in a be­fit­ting man­ner.

He was re­spond­ing a ques­tion about heavy mil­i­tary build-up by In­dia while ad­dress­ing a news con­fer­ence in Rawalpindi on Thurs­day.

Ma­jor Gen­eral

Asif Ghafoor said Pak­istan wants sta­bil­ity in the re­gion as war has al­ways brought de­struc­tion and mis­eries to peo­ple.

He ex­pressed con­cern over in­creas­ing cease­fire vi­o­la­tions on the Line of Con­trol and Work­ing Bound­ary by the In­dian forces.

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