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“Nexus between internal elements that work together and external forces that cause instability has been made clear,” says COAS.

General Asim Munir, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), said on Monday that “internal elements working together with outside forces to create instability” in the country had been “adequately exposed” to the people of Pakistan.

During a visit to the Quetta Garrison, where he was met by the Commander of the Quetta Corps and spoke to the officers of the Command and Staff College Quetta, the COAS made the comment, according to a press release from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

During his speech, the army chief “emphasized operational readiness for conventional, subconventional, and fifth-generation warfare,” an ISPR statement said.

He also said, “Those who are trying in vain to drive a wedge and weaken the unbreakable bond between the people of Pakistan and its armed forces will never be able to succeed.”

The COAS also said that the “armed forces of Pakistan remain forever indebted to the brave and proud people of Pakistan who, by showing their unique love for their armed forces across the length and breadth of the country, have given a befitting reply to the nefarious designs of the enemy and their collaborators.”

The army chief’s words follow a series of strong statements from the military that condemned what happened during the May 9 riots.

He also said that the Pakistan Army was “one of the strongest armies in the world,” which was also said in the ISPR statement.

“It can’t be stopped or forced by anyone, as long as Allah blesses it and the proud people of Pakistan stand by it,” he said.

The army chief also went to the Quetta Garrison to see what was being done to help forces.