Path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan, says Gen Bajwa at Kabul conference

Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday has said the path to regional peace and stability “passes through Afghanistan”, adding that Pakistan has eliminated all militant sanctuaries from its territory and expects the same to be reciprocated by its neighbours, ISPR reported.

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According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief reiterated that Pakistan has eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil, however, “residual signatures of terrorists” who take advantage of the presence of Afghan refugees and lack of effective border security coordination, “are also being traced and targeted through ongoing operation Raddul Fasaad”.

Addressing the conference, he assured that Pakistani territory is not allowed to be used against any other country and Pakistan expects the same in reciprocity.T

Army chief further said that collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan is ready to play its part.

The conference was attended by the top US commander in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson, Commander US Central Command (Centcom) Gen Joseph Votel and the army chiefs of Afghanistan and central Asian republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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