Bajwa briefs Imran on
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday visited Peshawar Corps Headquarters.

The prime minister, who was accompanied by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor and Chief Minister, upon arrival laid a wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument, says a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate.

PM Imran Khan was briefed in detail about the prevalent security situation, ongoing stabilisation operations, fencing along Pak-Afghan Border and socio-economic development projects being undertaken in Newly Merged Districts (NMDs), the ISPR said.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa giving briefing to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The prime minister was also apprised of various contingencies planned to tackle the evolving security situation along Pak-Afghan International Border. 

The prime minister expressed his satisfaction over the efficacy of Pakistan’s comprehensive Border Management Regime and the pragmatic measures being taken to ensure effective border control and internal security.

He lauded the security forces for providing enabling environment for completion of socio-economic development projects in the Newly Merged Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which were vital for enduring stability and sustainable progress of the area. The prime minister also appreciated the formation for its dedicated assistance to civil administration during COVID, locust, anti polio campaigns and tree plantation drive. Forest cover to combat climate change. Also, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday, highlighting the importance of trees, said more areas were needed to bring under forest cover during the ongoing monsoon season to combat climate change.

The prime minister expressed these view during a briefing given to him by Special Assistant on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Environment and Forests Syed Ishtiaq Urmar and Secretary Environment and Forests Islam Zeb Khan were also present.

Imran Khan on the occasion planted a sapling in connection with the ongoing monsoon plantation campaign. The prime minister said an effective media campaign for public awareness should be launched for maximum people’s participation in the tree plantation drive.

He said a special website should also be launched for uploading videos of forests raised under the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Government’s Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Programme for motivation and encouragement of the general public. Special documentaries on the forests should also be telecast on television channels and uploaded on the social media, he added.

“This endeavour will certainly help aware the general public that a land, which was barren five years ago, has been made lush green today.”

The prime minister said the people of afforestation areas were well-aware of the positive effects of the Billion Trees Afforestation Project. Uploading videos of the forests raised under the Green Pakistan Campaign would certainly motivate the general public to plant maximum saplings on their lands, he added.

SAPM Malik Amin Aslam on the occasion apprised the prime minister about the overall monsoon plantation campaign in the country, including KP. He also highlighted the achievements made during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Government through its flagship Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Programme.

The prime minister was informed that an aerial visit through helicopter would be arranged for journalists soon to all the plantations sites, including Chitral and Bajaur. It was further told that a website had been prepared for uploading videos of afforestation and achievements made during the Billion Trees Afforestation Project in Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

Baloch Regiment

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday appreciated Baloch regiment for displaying the highest standards in all professional pursuits, including their befitting participation in operations, a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations read.

According to the military’s media wing, he made the remarks during a visit to Baloch Regimental Centre, Abbottabad, on the occasion of the annual commanding officers’ conference.

The COAS laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada on his arrival at the Centre and later addressed the officers.

Speaking on the occasion, he emphasised that commanders at all levels should stay focused on achieving professional excellence, while keeping themselves abreast with the latest developments, to overcome emerging challenges.

The army chief appreciated the Baloch regiment for displaying the highest standards in all professional pursuits, including their befitting participation in operations.

Earlier on his arrival at the centre, he was received by the Colonel Commandant Baloch Regiment Lt-Gen Azhar Abbas, Inspector General Arms Lt-Gen Majid Ehsan and Commandant Baloch Regimental Centre Brig. Osman lbne Riaz.