Internal threat facing Pakistan far greater than external: Kayani

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Rawalpindi, July 4 (ANI): Pakistan Chief of Army Staff , General Ashfaq Kayani has said that the internal threat facing the country was more threatening than the external, and that it needed immediate attention.

"While external threats continue to exist, it is the internal threat to Pakistan that needs immediate attention," The Daily Times quoted Kayani, as saying.

Addressing the 91st Officers Commissioning Parade at the Pakistan Naval Academy here, Kayani said that Pakistan is facing numerous challenges, but the Army is determined to counter each one of them.

Kayani expressed hope that Pakistan would successfully quell the impending threat posed by the Taliban and other extremist organizations.

"Pakistan is confronted with multifaceted challenges which are complex in nature and their spectrum is both diverse and intense. With the nation's full support, we will succeed in our fight against terrorism," he said.

Kayani said Pakistan is committed to global and regional peace, and is against the arm race in the region, but added that country's military would maintain a balance through a strategy of minimum credible deterrence.

"A strong army is the guarantor of peace and stability," he said. (ANI)

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