Gen Bajwa briefed on
army’s role in Rs1.1
trillion Karachi plan

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KARACHI: Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday appreciated the role of armed forces supporting the civil administration for execution of the Rs1.1 trillion Karachi Transformation Plan announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan in September 2020.

During a visit to the headquarters of Corps V, the army chief also lauded the performance of law enforcement agencies for bringing down the crime rate and terrorism activities in the metropolis.

Corps Commander Lt Gen Muhammad Saeed received the army chief who was given a briefing about different jobs of the force in the city.

KARACHI: Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa praying during his visit to Karachi on Monday.

“The COAS was also briefed on formation’s support to civil administration in implementation of the Karachi Transformation Plan (KTP) including FWO [Frontier Works Organisation], NLC [National Logistic Cell] and NDMA’s [National Disaster Management Authority] efforts for improvement in existing infrastructure to safeguard against urban flooding in Karachi and uplift of relevant civic facilities,” said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The army chief appreciated synergised efforts of all stakeholders in implementation of the transformation plan, it added.

Last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced the ambitious uplift package for the development of the country’s financial capital. Several projects relating to water supply, solid waste management, storm water drains clearance and resettlement, sewage treatment, road infrastructure and mass transit are part of the KTP and different military organisations have been working on many of these projects.

Sacrifices of police, Rangers for peace lauded

“The COAS lauded the services and sacrifices of formation and Pakistan Rangers Sindh for maintaining law and order resulting in significant decline in terrorism and crime rate over the years and providing a secure environment for socio-economic activities,” the ISPR statement said.

Later, Gen Bajwa also visited the Central Police Office (CPO), met the families of the martyrs of the law enforcement agency and assured them of full support of the army.

“The COAS visited the headquarters of the Sindh police and laid a floral wreath on the martyrs’ monument,” said the statement.

The army chief hailed the pivotal role of the Sindh police in ensuring improvement in security situation in the province.

Gen Bajwa also interacted with families of martyrs of the Sindh police and thanked them for their sacrifices. He assured them of all-out support of the Army.

Meeting with visiting US delegation

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said Pakistan desires to maintain productive bilateral engagement with all the regional players and wished for peaceful, diversified, sustained relations.

He was talking to members of the US Senate armed services and intelligence committees, headed by Senator Angus King, who called on him on Saturday. The delegation also included Senator Richard Burr, Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ben Sasse. Ms Angela Aggeler, US Charge d’ Affaires to Pakistan, accompanied the delegation. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, current security situation in Afghanistan and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed.

RAWALPINDI: The four-member US delegation stands with COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at the GHW. The delegation was headed by Senator Angus King and comprised Senator Richard Burr, Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ben Sasse. All these senators are members of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, while Senator King is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The COAS also reiterated the urgency for global convergence on Afghanistan to avoid looming humanitarian crisis and need for coordinated efforts for economic uplift of the Afghan people.

He thanked the senators for their efforts in forging mutual understanding of geopolitical and security situation in view of challenges ahead. The visiting senators appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation, special efforts for border management, role in regional stability and pledged to play their part for furthering diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

The statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that matters of mutual interest, the security situation in Afghanistan and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed during the meeting.

“The COAS said that Pakistan desires to maintain productive bilateral engagement with all regional players and wishes for peaceful, diversified, sustained relations,” the statement said, adding that General Bajwa also stressed urgent global convergence on Afghanistan to avoid a looming humanitarian crisis there.

He also emphasised the need for coordinated efforts for the economic uplift of the Afghan people, the statement said.

“The COAS thanked the senators for their efforts in forging a mutual understanding of the geo-political and security situation in view of challenges ahead.”

The visiting dignitaries, the statement added, appreciated Pakistan’s role vis-a-vis Afghanistan, special efforts for border management and its role in regional stability.

They pledged to play their part in strengthening diplomatic cooperation between the US Pakistan at all levels.