Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, said Tuesday that the problem of the country is not the shortage of money, but the proper concept of objectives, according to a statement by the military media section. The Army Chief is in Karachi for a two-day tour, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
Since landing in the metropolis, the Head of the Army was flew over the city for aerial observation of the effects of urban floods on the ground. Later, he visited the headquarters of Karachi Corps, where he was greeted by Corps Commander Karachi, Lt. Gen Humayun Aziz. The Army Chief was briefed on the worst urban floods in Karachi’s recent history and the assistance of the Army to civilian administration across Sindh and Karachi.
[Gen Bajwa] has observed that excessive rainfall combined with decades of urban pollution, unplanned population migration and infrastructure problems have aggravated the crisis,” the ISPR stated. No city in Pakistan can cope with the natural calamity of this magnitude, the Chief of the Army said, adding that the preparations being made by the federal and provincial governments would have the full support of the Army as having a potential effect on the economic stability of the region.
The Chief of the Army emphasized that this natural catastrophe presented an impetus to emphasize megacity management across Pakistan in order to prevent similar disasters in the future. According to the ISPR, Gen Bajwa expressed satisfaction at the pace of disaster relief work and suggested that priority should be given to areas of traditional public service and the worst affected populations.
“At no point can the presence of a single neighborhood or group be permitted to move focus or energy away from those in need. It’s a national tragedy and everybody is in it together,” said the Chief of the Army. The Head of the Army affirmed that the army “will not disappoint” people in their time of need.
Gen Bajwa appreciated garrison troops for maintaining law and order, particularly during Muharram. Peace at the Karachi National Economic Center is crucial to Pakistan’s security and prosperity. Efforts will continue to maintain normality in Karachi and the region, the army chief said. Gen Bajwa interacted with former senior and serving garrison officers and congratulated officers for their contribution to the safety and security of the region.