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Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that security situation in the country is fast improving which is essential for foreign investment and economic growth. The Chief of Army Staff said this during his meeting with Sheikh Ali Bin Abdulla Thani Al-Thani, Chief Executive of the International Islamic Bank & Member of the ruling family of the State of Qatar who called on General Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Thursday.

During the meeting, enabling environment including security for economic cooperation was discussed. The Army Chief said that security situation of Pakistan is fast improving now and it is moving from better stability to enduring peace, which is essential for foreign investment and economic growth.

The visiting dignitary appreciated the role of Pakistan Army in ensuring peace and stability in the country and the region which shall facilitate economic activity. Separately, General Qamar Javed Bajwa met students and faculty of various educational institutions of AJ&K, members of Youth Parliament Pakistan from AJ&K and members of Youth State Assembly from Azad Jammu and Kashmir at ISPR.

While addressing the AJ&K youth, the COAS said, "Kashmir is part and parcel of our soul. Kashmir is not an issue of geography but of our love with the people of Kashmir." He said that Kashmir dispute has to be resolved as per aspirations of people of Kashmir and relevant UNSC resolutions. He said that Indian deliberate targeting of innocent civilians in AJ&K and continued siege of innocent Kashmiris in IOJ&K are worst examples of the human rights violations. "We stand with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters and shall never disappoint them," the Army Chief made it clear.

The COAS urged the youth to stay steadfast, work hard and have confidence in themselves and the national leadership. He advised them to continue working hard as in their success lies the success of Pakistan. The youth also conveyed their resolve and said that Kashmiris on both sides of LOC were, are and shall stay Pakistanis for life.

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