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Pakistan Is Going Through Hard Times: Army Chief

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while addressing a conference, said that Pakistan is passing through difficult times and the country was not like this when he was growing up in the 1960s.

Talking about the heyday in Pakistan in a video that went viral on social media, General Bajwa said that Pakistan was not like this and shared some examples with the participants to support his point.

The army chief said, “I was born in 1959. I have seen the heydays in Pakistan. Let me share a few things with you.”

“In 1962, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was the best airline in the world. PIA and Japan Airlines were the two airlines in the entire Asia which were flying a jet engine 707 aircraft,” he added.

He further said that India, Taiwan and Singapore were all flying inferior airplanes in those times.

General Bajwa also said that, “In 1964, we had our television. India got it in 1978. In 1964, we had an electric train plying between Lahore and Sahiwal. I have seen Pakistan’s heydays.”

He said that cinema halls in Pakistan were full and so were the mosques. The best movies were shown in our cinemas, he added.

Moreover, he said, “You know the Beatles came to Karachi, they landed in Karachi.”

“Jacqueline Kennedy travelled in PIA. President Lyndon B. Johnson came to Karachi with PIA. So that was the standard of this country,” he added.


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