Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and colour and there are no safe havens inside Pakistan to be used against Afghanistan. He was talking to Commander US CENTCOM General Joseph L Votel in Rawalpindi on Monday.
According to an ISPR statement, the COAS highlighted the importance Pakistan accorded to its relations with US, particularly co-operation in counter-terrorism and regional stability. COAS said Pakistan supported and looked forward to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
With reference to recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan and follow up rhetoric from certain factions implicating Pakistan, COAS said the blame game was detrimental to enduring peace and stability. He expressed his commitment to work in close co-ordination with Afghanistan and US-led Resolute Support Mission (RSM) for improved security environment in Pak-Afghan border region. In this regard he emphasised requirement of Pak-Afghan bilateral border security and intelligence sharing mechanisms.
The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s successes in fight against terrorism and continued efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region. General Joseph L Votel emphasised the need for continued and meaningful engagement between all stakeholders involved in peace and stability of Afghanistan. He supported the views of COAS on inclusive reconciliation in Afghanistan through an Afghan owned and Afghan led process. -Business Recorder