ISLAMABAD: The foreign office spokesman DR. Faisal informed in his weekly presser that diplomats from different countries were briefed by the top brass of civil-military leadership on the efforts of Pakistan against the war on terror.
On Wednesday, in a rare move, senior civil and army leadership sat together at the Foreign Office on Wednesday, to brief at length the representatives of important world capitals in a “comprehensive and detailed briefing” about the reality on the ground, arising after continuous pressure from the Trump administration to force Pakistan to do its bidding against terrorism, while trying to find an answer to 17 years of unrest inside Afghanistan.
However the Trump administration fails to mention and conveniently looks away from the countless sanctuaries inside Afghanistan under the nose of Nato and US commanders which are used to carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan. In this regard, the diplomats were informed by Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, the Chief of General Staff, that Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Quetta has been traced back to Afghanistan.
The Trump administration’s strategy to win the war inside Afghanistan has boiled down to a confrontation with Pakistan in which Gen John Nicholson, the top US Commander in Afghanistan, says: “The senior (Taliban) leadership still resides in Pakistan. We have got to see movement on reduction of sanctuary and support for those insurgents and terrorists operating from Pakistan who are attacking our forces and our coalition diplomats and forces, as well as the Afghans, inside this country”.
The extensive briefing was given by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, Director General Military Operations Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Director General Military Intelligence Major General Nadeem Zaki Manj.