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COAS vows to support mainstreaming Of FATA and acknowledges resolve of tribal brethren for supporting Army’s efforts

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said Pakistan Army will continue its efforts for supporting mainstreaming of FATA as per aspirations of the local tribes. He was interacting with the troops deployed at forward posts in South Waziristan Agency, today. General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed to continue focusing on stability operations and socio-economic development for enduring peace in the area. He lauded troops' bravery and commitment, which enabled re-establishment of writ of the state. He also acknowledged and appreciated resolve of tribal brethren and the local administration for supporting Army 's effort.

Analysts live on Phone:

Lt Gen (Retd) Abdul Qayyum (Senator, PML-N):

The FATA reforms are vital to bring the tribal areas under the protection of the constitution. There will be a new era of development after the FATA reforms will be implemented. The civil and Askari leaderships are on the same page and want the development in tribal areas. Pakistan has always supported peace in the region and in Afghanistan but main hurdle is that Afghan government is under the influence of India so situation there is getting worse. India has been using Afghan land for terrorist activities in Pakistan. Afghan government need to negotiate with Taliban for improvement in Afghanistan’s prevailing situation.

Lt Gen (Retd) Talat Masood (Defense Analyst):

Undoubtedly, Pak Army bravely fought against terrorism in tribal areas and managed to restore peace there. After Gen Raheel Sharif, COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa also visited North Waziristan and spent a day with Pak Army Jawans to motivate them. The security forces have ensured to block the reunion of terrorists there. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan should mutually cooperate to make Pak-Afghan Border Management system more effective. Both the countries need to support each other to counter terrorism and to bring peace in the region. Our infrastructure has been destroyed in these areas because of the menace of terrorism. Although, the government, local administration and our forces are making all out efforts to rebuilt it yet it is a bit difficult because of limited sources available.

Strong and economically developed Pakistan ‘an approaching reality’

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Saturday said that a strong and economically developed Pakistan is “an approaching reality” due to strong counter terrorism measures, internal reforms, active pursuit of energy and infrastructure projects and prudent economic policies pursued by the present government. Speaking on the topic of “Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities” at The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA) here, he said that all foreign policy initiatives require a stable and supportive domestic environment and across the board political consensus. “I hope that will be forthcoming in the wider national interest,” he added. He said that the epicenter of economic development fast moving to Asia, and it is widely predicted that the 21st century belongs to Asia. The Adviser said parallel to these global trends, Pakistan’s regional landscape remains complicated.

Analyst live on Phone: 

B.A Malik (Former Ambassador):

It is positive news that International community has been acknowledging the improvement in economy of Pakistan. Terrorism and extremism are two different aspects. Although Pakistan has achieved remarkable successes in war against terrorism yet a lot is to be still done to counter extremism. We have to analyze all aspects of extremism. It is a fact that India could never be the friend of Pakistan so Pakistan has to strengthen its bilateral relations with Russia, United States and China. Tension-free relations with Iran and Afghanistan should also be focused. We should not be limited in our relations and so far Pakistan’s foreign policy is going in right direction.

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