Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited the forward posts in Mohmand and Kurram Agencies on 22 December 2011.
While speaking to the troops, he appreciated the successes achieved under trying environment and the sacrifices made in the process. He said that no one can put a price tag on the sacred blood of Shuhada of the Nation. The men and women of Pakistan Army are performing their duty of defending Pakistan in accordance with the oath they took. They will continue to do so with the support and prayers of their countrymen, regardless of the cost.
Responding to a question, COAS reiterated that Pakistan Army has and will continue to support democratic process in the Country. The Army is fully cognizant of its constitutional obligations and responsibilities.
He strongly dispelled the speculations of any military takeover and said that these are misleading and are being used as a bogey to divert the focus from the real issues.
He emphasized that the issues of national security need to be considered on merit alone. He concluded by saying that irrespective of all other considerations, there can be no compromise on national security.
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