RAWALPINDI – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that the Army was fully prepared for an effective response to the perpetual threat from the East despite facing internal security challenges. The Army chief stated this while talking to troops during his visit to Siachin. He also laid wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada of Gyari.

He said, “We owe our independence to sacrifices of our Shuhada. Nothing is nobler than laying one’s life in defence of the motherland”. Talking to troops at Goma and Gilgit, COAS said: “We all are proud to be soldiers of Pakistan and defending it irrespective of terrain or weather difficulties”.  Later, General Qamar Bajwa interacted with notables of Gilgit-Baltista and assured them that Army was extending full support to all initiatives aimed at ensuring the rights of GB as part of the federation. Earlier on arrival at Skardu, the Army chief was received by Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza.