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Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said that Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) has been misused by foreign elements. Addressing the students of various universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Army Chief said that PTM itself is not an issue; however, a few individuals playing in foreign hands are by design exploiting sentiments of the people. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS said that the issues being highlighted by PTM are genuine and natural in post-operation environment.

The Army Chief, however, said that a few individuals playing in foreign hands are by design exploiting sentiments of the people who had actually suffered from terrorism and need care now. He said that both the government and the security forces are working to address genuine issues of the tribal people, regardless of where they come from.

"For us progress towards enduring peace through socio-economic development comes first and we shall fail all inimical forces and their conspiracies trying to undo our gains," General Bajwa vowed. Pakistan is blessed with dynamic and talented youth and future of the country belongs to them. He said the Pakistani nation and its Armed Forces have done a great job in fight against terrorism.

"It's time now to have its dividends through socio-economic development in which education is most important," General Bajwa said. On the occasion, the students expressed their full support for Pakistan Armed Forces. They said they would be contributors and not by-standers to bright future of Pakistan, and won't be swayed by detractors of any type.

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