PESHAWAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday appreciated the role of youth in merger of Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and said the mainstreaming of tribal areas will bring durable peace, stability and economic development in the long neglected and terrorism rid area.

The COAS made these remarks while addressing and interacting with youth during their ongoing annual internship programme at the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate.

General Bajwa emphasised that education has to stay as our national priority and Pakistan Army is determined to provide wholehearted support towards this state objective, especially in Balochistan.

The Army Chief said Pakistan is blessed with most talented and vibrant youth and future of Pakistan belongs to them. He said the state is determined to root out extremism and terrorism for which youth has an important role to play.

The COAS said the nature and the character of war have changed. He said youth now is the prime target of our enemies in the hybrid war. He advised the youth to stay determined and defeat all such threats to take Pakistan forward to its rightful destination.

General Bajwa congratulated the students on successful completion of the internship programme. The annual Internship Programme 2018 was held in ISPR comprising students of various educational institutions from across the country.