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ISLAMABAD, June 15, 2009 (Balochistan Times) --Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Monday made it clear that we dont need any kind of help or foreign advise regarding war against terror urging we are fully capable to find a solution ourselves. Chief of Army Staff expressed these views while addressing airmen during his visit to an important operational air base of the Pakistan Air force. While addressing Air Men, Chief of Army Staff said that undoubtedly Pakistan Air Force is worlds finest force adding we are proud of our Army as well as Air Force in true letter and spirit. Regarding mounting problems being faced by country, Chief of Army Staff underlined Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force is fully equipped to thwart any challenge internal or external tooth and nail. He said that government was involved in a process of dialogue but usage of force was the last option to counter militancy and terrorism in the country. He was of the view that we dont want any kind of help or foreign proposals concerning war against terror. He said that handful of extremists want to destabilize country with nefarious tactics adding it is not a war of Islam but some anti state elements have pushed us to the wall so we had to start a military action against them. He said that Extremists think they are right thus now have lifted weapons and want to convey their message through brutal force. He said that we will not end operation Rah-e-Rast until all the militants are defeated from the valley of Swat, a tourist focal point in this regard. He said that Baitullah Mehsud and Fazl Ullah have their own teachings adding they cannot put pressure on us to listen to them as we all are Muslims stressing no one is above, only God Knows who is a pious Muslim. He said that during the operation, so far 126 Army Jawans have been martyred and scores of other injured in the ongoing operation against militants. He said that Operation is continuing but the biggest hurdle is IDPs who have lost their homes and living in camps with children. He said that we have to send them home where they live (Beautiful Swat Valley) urging we need to bring back lost smiles from their faces at the earliest. On the occasion, COAS announced to provide Rs 1.5 million to the Jawans of PAF while the salaries of the Jawans who are deployed in foreign borders will be double from First of July, 2009. Later, he lauded the services of martyred Army officials in the operation and elsewhere adding indubitably we are all passing through tough and thorny period of examination urging we will be successful. Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Salman while addressing the ceremony said that the wars we had fight were all under rules and regulations stressing we never targeted innocent woman, children and elders and only those were targeted who are anti state so that the damage is minimized. We are proud of our Jawans who have given their lives for the name Pakistan, he pointed. He said that PAF tries its level best to save innocent lives, as we are not militants who are projecting bad image of our Religion. He further added that PAF have destroyed numerous hideouts of militants, Ammunition Depot and Training Camps successfully in the operation. Later Army Chief and Air Chief were given a detailed briefing by base commander of the operation. The Pakistan Army and PAF Chief for the first time sat in F-16 fighter plane and also visited war torn areas. On the occasion the COAS also targeted militants hideout. Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army on Monday expressed complete solidarity and oneness in successfully meeting the challenges confronted to the nation with the spirit of hand and glove. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman who visited the base along with senior officers of both the forces also addressed the airmen on the occasion. Chief of Army Staff Gen. Kayani spoke at length on the issue of extremism and terrorism and strongly condemned such trends of a handful of elements. He said that the Operation Rah-e-Raast was chosen as a last option after exercising various peaceful options. He said that the present situation is totally different from the situation of war where, the enemy is well-known but in this situation the enemy is hard to be identified. He said differentiation between friend and foe is very difficult in this situation. We want to see peaceful - picturesque and beautiful Swat once again, he said. He said Pakistan is our motherland and we all are bound to defend it at all costs. He said that Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army are fully united and are taking part in Operation Rah-e-Raast shoulder-to-shoulder. He paid rich tributes to the men and officers of the security forces who laid their lives for the cause of the country besides those people who had to leave their homes for the just cause. He said around 126 men and officers of the security forces have embraced shahadat while other 50 were wounded. He said that the efforts are in hand to fully facilitate the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and they would also be provided relief for their repatriation in the due course. Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said that Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army are more united and carrying out joint operations to deal with the curse of terrorism. He said the morale of the countrys forces is very high and they are fully determined to check the nefarious designs of those elements who challenged the writ of the state. He said a small group of people had been forcing the majority to follow their footsteps by terrorizing them.Our ground forces will always see the PAF on the forefront along with them, he said. Expressing satisfaction over the progress of the Operation he said that the security forces have shown good progress. A number of hideouts, ammunition dumps, and training camps of the terrorists were successfully targeted and destroyed with pin point accuracy and precision, he added. The Chief of Army Staff announced that all the officers and men working at the Operational Base would be paid double salary alike those ground forces taking part in the Operation Rah-e-Raast from July 01, as earlier announced by the government. Later, the COAS clad in the G-Suit of PAF Pilot, co-piloted the F-16 aircraft and took an aerial view of ground situation in the Operation area. At the Base, the COAS and Air Chief were received by the Base Commander.

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