From Our Correspondent
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa yesterday said that the faceless and nameless hostile forces are polluting the mind of the youth through social media. While, addressing the participants of a seminar titled ‘Role of Youth in Rejecting Extremism,’ the Chief of Army Staff termed the youth an asset and investment for the future. “The war against terrorism has to be waged together by all organs of the state and public,” he said, adding that Operation Raddul Fasaad represents the beginning of a new phase in this war. Pakistan Army is the only military in the world that has defeated terrorism of this scale, the army chief stated, explaining that security threats have [now] diminished resulting in an environment where development can take place. Recently the army, and before that I personally was attacked [in the media], he said. Pointing to his son, the Army Chief said when he took the first decision, his son said it was the popular but wrong one and to the second decision he said it was unpopular but correct. He commented that the young people these days were very straight forward and smart to analyse the situation. Earlier at the seminar, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor also spoke on the issue of terrorism and youth. At the seminar — held at the General Headquarters — vice-chancellors of around 100 varsities were invited along with senior journalists and members of the youth. Also on other day, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat visited Air Headquarters, Islamabad and was received by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman. He was also given a detailed briefing on the organisation, role and functioning of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Later on, General Hayat called on the Air Chief Marshal in his office. Both the dignitaries remained together for some time and discussed matters of professional interest. Air Chief Marshal Aman apprised the CJCSC about various ongoing modernisation/upgradation programmes of the PAF.