On his Myrters’ Day message , army chief General Raheel Sharif called on anti state elements to accept the country’s Constitution unconditionally and join the national mainstream.
“It is our earnest desire that all elements fighting against the state unconditionally submit to the Constitution and rule of law, and come back to the national mainstream,” he said in a speech at a ceremony held at the General Headquarters to mark Yaum-e-Shuhada (Martyr’s Day).
The army chief said Pakistan Army backed all efforts to eliminate terrorism and restore peace in the country. At the same time, however, he made it clear that there was no room for any doubt on ‘our ability to deal with rebels of the state’.
“The brave people of Pakistan and the army have the full capacity to take such [anti-state] elements to task.” This was Gen Raheel’s first public speech since he became the army chief in November last year.