Gen Bajwa says army to speed up assistance for civilians

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Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday directed the army to fast-track operations to help out the civil administration as the country struggles to contain the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief said every Pakistani must follow guidelines given by the government and health departments to make an ongoing national effort a success.

a man wearing a uniform: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa says protecting oneself was the foundation for the nation’s collective protection against the pandemic. — Reuters/File© Provided by Dawn Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa says protecting oneself was the foundation for the nation’s collective protection against the pandemic. — Reuters/File

“Every precautionary measure counts. Let’s be a responsible citizen at an individual level first and in turn assist authorities for safety and protection at a collective level,” the statement quoted him as saying. “Nothing can defeat a responsible and determined nation, as displayed by China. Pakistan Army being part of national effort shall serve and protect the nation as a sacred duty,” it added.

The army chief said the country shall succeed by following self-discipline, cooperating, reinforcing each other and thereby synergising various efforts. Protecting oneself was the foundation for the nation’s collective protection against the pandemic, he added.

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