RAWALPINDI: While paying tribute to the victims of terrorism on ‘International Day of Victims of Terrorism’, Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa (COAS) said Pakistani nation and its armed forces have bravely and successfully stood up to this challenge and on a positive trajectory to defeat it, effectively.
In his statement released by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), he maintained, “Terrorism is a global menace and requires collective response. Pakistan has remained subjected to this threat for quite some time especially during the last two decades,” he added.
“Pakistani nation and its armed forces have bravely and successfully stood upto this challenge and are on a positive trajectory to defeat it effectively. We express solidarity with courageous families of the victims of terrorism including security forces who fought valiantly against it,” he added.
“Our collective resolve shall defeat all inimical forces which tried to push us towards darkness but are failing in the face of our national resilience and determination. We strongly condemn terrorism in all its manifestations and extend full support to all the forces of order and peace to bring enduring peace”, said the COAS.
Gen Bajwa performed Hajj in Saudi Arabia and offered special prayers for peace and stability in Pakistan.
The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution last year, established 21 August as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism in order to honor and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms
The resolution builds on existing efforts by the General Assembly, the Commission of Human Rights and the Human Rights Council to promote and protect the rights of victims of terrorism.
By proclaiming an International Day dedicated to victims, the General Assembly reaffirmed that the promotion and the protection of human rights and the rule of law at the national; and international levels are essential for preventing and combating terrorism.