Pakistan

KARACHI – Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says peace in national economic hub Karachi is vital for security and stability of Pakistan.

He said this during his visit to Corps Headquarters in Karachi on Thursday, where he was given update on security situation of the Province, especially Karachi and operational preparedness of the Corps.

“COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Karachi Corps HQ and Malir Garrison,” said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement on Thursday.

Gen Qamar was given update on security situation of the province especially Karachi and operational preparedness of the Corps. “COAS hailed performance of Pakistan Rangers Sindh in maintaining improved security in the metropolitan,” the military’s media wing added.

“Gen Qamar said that peace in national economic hub Karachi is vital for security and stability of Pakistan, added that efforts will continue to maintain normalcy in Karachi and the province,” the ISPR said.

Later, he addressed Officers of Malir Garrison. He appreciated officers for their professional excellence towards defence and security of the country.

On Wednesday, the COAS interacted with army veterans in Karachi. In May last year, Gen Qamar reiterated that efforts would continue till restoration of complete normalcy in Karachi and the rest of Sindh.

The operation against criminal elements in Pakistan’s commercial hub was initiated in September 2013 after the federal cabinet empowered Rangers to lead a targeted operation with the support of the police. Since then Rangers have extended their powers every few months when they expire.