Terrorism a transnational threat: Army Chief says Pakistan has taken indiscriminate action against terrorists and eliminated all their safe havens
Speaking at a meeting of Quadrilateral Counter Terrorism Coordination Mechanism in Dushanbe, General Qamar Javed Bajwa says terrorism being a transnational threat can only be defeated through intelligence sharing and coordinated effective border management. The Army Chief also highlights Pakistan's achievements in fight against terrorism for eliminating terrorists' safe havens from its soil. The meeting was attended by senior military leadership of member countries, which include China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. All the four countries welcome the QCCM initiative and express hope that an inclusive and cooperative regional approach will prove best for eradication of terrorism. The participants also sign an outline cooperative mechanism which will come into force after its endorsement by respective governments.
On sidelines of the event, Qamar Javed Bajwa meets Afghan Chief of General Staff General Sharif Yaftali and discuss situation in Afghanistan
The Army Chief, while assuring fullest cooperation to Afghanistan, says his country cannot bring Afghan war into Pakistan. Pakistan has already cleared all its areas indiscriminately and has started unilateral border security measures including fencing. Dignified repatriation of Afghan Refugees is another key factor for enduring peace. Pakistan is open to any suggestion that facilitate peace in Afghanistan. He offers to form a Pak-Afg Army working group to jointly work and formulate security recommendations for government level discussion aimed at addressing mutual concerns. The Afghan Chief of General Staff agreed to the proposal and thanked General Bajwa for his relentless efforts towards peace.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister says Pakistan is a sovereign country and it will continue its efforts to defeat the terrorism bravely
Talking to media in Sialkot, Khawaja Muhammad Asif says there will be no effect of US President Donald Trump's statement on Pakistan's economy. The National Assembly, in its session on Tuesday, will discuss the statement of US President regarding Pakistan. United States has not been providing any assistance to Pakistan since several years to curb terrorism in the region.
Analyst on Telephone:
Lt. Gen. Retd. Naeem Khalid Lodhi (Defence Analyst)
This is really a positive development. Previous plans were not working because Pakistan and America were not on same page for resolution of Afghanistan issue. All four countries in this engagement have interests in peaceful resolution of Afghanistan crisis. There is a dire need to understand American interests in Afghanistan. May be, America is ready to give India an important role in Afghanistan. Pakistan has taken positive steps in right direction. Both, Pakistan and Afghanistan, should try to resolve their issues bilaterally. The groups like TTP and ISIS are enemies of both countries. Afghanistan is economically and politically not independent in making its foreign policy decisions.
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