Dawn : Pakistan Army to fully eradicate extremism: General Kayani

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Pakistan Army to fully eradicate extremism: General Kayani

APP | October 27, 2007

KAKUL, Pakistan -- Vice Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Saturday said Pakistan Army will spare no effort as part of the national strategy to assist the Government and eradicate the menace of extremism and obscurantism with the support and help of the people of Pakistan.

“We would like to continue on the path of progress, so that our future generations live in peace, prosperity and security,” he said while addressing the passing out parade of 116 PMA, 30 Graduate, 35 Integrated Course and second Ladies Integrated Course at Pakistan Military Academy.

Addressing the parade, he congratulated the passing out cadets on successful completion of training and on grant of commission in Pakistan Army.

The Vice Chief of Army Staff said the country is faced with a difficult environment.

“Our country is facing a significant threat from forces of extremism and obscurantism. Despite being in minority, they have the potential to destabilize our socio-political order and retard economic progress achieved in the last decade,” he said.

He said the only way to foil and defeat full spectrum of the threats is through a comprehensive national effort, where all segments of the society play their rightful role.

Pakistan Army is fully capable of ensuring security and integrity of Pakistan, with the people of Pakistan firmly behind it, he said.