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Army chief says ‘across-the-board accountability’ essential at all levels

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif says ‘accountability’ at all levels is essential for integrity, solidarity and prosperity of Pakistan, ARY News reported.

“On going war against terrorism and extremism being fought with the backing of entire nation cannot bring enduring peace and stability unless the menace of corruption is uprooted, remarked the army chief during his visit to the Signal Regimental Centre Kohat.

“Pakistan’s Armed Forces will fully support every meaningful effort in that direction which would ensure a better future for our next generations.”

He said steps would be taken to eliminate corruption as well as terrorism for progress of Pakistan. These initiatives will reflect in development of the country.

Earlier, he also appreciated the sacrifices rendered both by soldiers and civilians alike in defeating the terrorists and dislodging them from their bases.

What experts have to say on COAS statement?

Political analysts believe that latest statement of COAS Sharif holds immense importance in view of the current political atmosphere of the country.

They said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was currently hot water after revelations in the Panama Papers, showing his offshore accounts.

Senior political analyst Shahid Masood said the message was conveyed to the government from ‘top authorities’ that the issue [Panama leaks] was harming image of Pakistan worldwide, hence it should be resolved at the earliest.

But the government overlooked the message and hence causing complications in the matter, he said.

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