Army prepared to counter every threat: Gen Kayani

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that peace and stability in South Asia is the logical and fundamental principle underlining the security calculus/paradigm of Pakistan.

He said this while addressing the senior officers at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

The Army chief stated that proponents of conventional application of military forces, in a ‘nuclear overhang’ are chartering an adventurous and dangerous path; the consequences of which could be both unintended and uncontrollable.

General Kayani said that Pakistan Army is fully alert and alive to the full spectrum of threat which continues to exist in conventional and unconventional domains.

He said Pakistan is not oblivious to the unprecedented acquisition of the sophisticated military hardware, synergized with an offensive military doctrine. However, as a responsible nuclear capable state, Pakistan Army will contribute to strategic stability and strategic restraint as per the stated policy of Government of Pakistan.

But at the same time will continue to maintain the necessary wherewithal to deter and, if required, defeat any aggressive design, in any form or shape i.e, a firmed up ‘proactive strategy’ or a ‘cold start doctrine’.

He reaffirmed that Pakistan Army stands committed and prepared to respond to any existing, potential or emerging threat. An Army supported by 170 Million people, with faith in Allah, is a formidable force to reckon with.

–Agencies

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