Gen Bajwa protests to world and rightly

DIRECTOR-General ISPR Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa, in his usual frank and forthright manner, has protested before the world, regretting that the international community has not done enough for Pakistan and left it alone to fight terrorists. In an interview with Deutsche Welle he pointed out that Pakistan fought the war for the entire world in that region but the world left it alone to face them. Without mincing words, he also stated that India was the biggest threat to Pakistan.
The world, by and large, has been acknowledging Pakistan’s role as frontline state in the war against terror as the country did everything within its capacity and power to eliminate the threat for the sake of its own security, stability and survival and that of the region and beyond. However, the fact remains that this acknowledgement has been confined mainly to lip service as Pakistan has, since the very beginning of the war, been denied the needed assistance and cooperation. Pakistan has limited financial resources and it manages its affairs by securing loans from domestic banking sector and bilateral and multilateral donors. It is, therefore, understandable that the extraordinary cost of war on terror is an unbearable burden on its resources as it is sparing money at the cost of development of the country and welfare of the people. According to conservative estimates, Pakistan has suffered staggering losses of over $100 billion on this unconventional war besides psychological dents on people. Above all, over forty thousand people including personnel of Armed forces and law enforcing agencies have embraced martyrdom in terror related incidents and war on terror. It is also a fact that the all-encompassing operation Zarb-e-Azb has achieved more successes than by any other country of the world. And Pakistan is doing all this not only for its own cause but cause of the world and therefore, it is incumbent upon the global community to extend meaningful assistance to the country to take this war to the logical conclusion. It is, however, regrettable that the successive governments of Pakistan miserably failed to present a coherent and persuasive case with facts and figures before the world. Credit goes to General Bajwa for highlighting the issue and we hope he would continue to do so through other forums and the governmental authorities too would make a convincing case before important capitals.

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