Pakistan as a nation had rejected terrorism said Army chief General Bajwa

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Army Chief made a historic speech at the youth seminar jointly organised by ISPR and HEC in GHQ. The vice chancellors of universities, anchors, leading journalists and intellectuals were present. The large number of young people and students also attended the seminar.

The army chief make it clear that" Islam expects you to enjoin what is right and forbids what is wrong. That is all as far as social responsibility is concerned. You ca not impose your views on anyone. There is no compulsion in the religion".

The army chief said"There fore, lets reduce violence in our society so that we are able to rebuild Pakistan.Not only have we survived the worst onslaught of terrorism in modern history, we have reversed the tide- security has now achieved conditions to help development take off".

He made very important remarks regarding the young population of the country. He said that" we are standing at a cross roads; we will either be enjoying the fruits of a youth dividend or suffering at the hands of youth bulge. Particularly with youth which remains vulnerable to extremism".

The army chief pointed towards the bad governance and lack of justice as core reasons of the youth exploitation. He emphasised the point that we have to abolish the root causes of the terrorism and extremism. He said that faceless and nameless forces are trying to influence the young people. They are using social media to spread hate and extremist views.

The army chief made these comments at a crucial time as we are fighting the terrorism and extremism in the country. This speech will help the people to understand the vision and thinking of the army regarding development, terrorism and sort of policies it wanted to be implemented.

The army chief rightly pointed out the problems of bad governance and miscarriage of justice. The present system needs radical changes and reforms to improve the governance. No society can make progress and satisfy the people without giving social and economic justice. The colonial state structure needs to be changed. The democratic institutions and government should be more accountable to the people who elect them. Pakistan is lagging far behind in the field of good governance and accountability.

It is the responsibility of the state to provide decent education, jobs and other facilities to the students and young so they can flourish their capabilities and abilities. Youth is the key for this country. The government should take initiative to provide conducive conditions and atmosphere to the youth.

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