KABUL – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has reiterated Pakistan’s stance that there are no terrorists safe heavens in Pakistan while at the same time urged the Afghanistan to do the same on its soil.
He had arrived in Afghanistan to attend Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference held at Kabul on Tuesday.
Commander USCENTCOM, Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and Army Chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also attended the conference. The conference concluded to continue cooperation for peace and stability in the region.
Speaking on the occasion, COAS reiterated that path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan. “Regions develop as whole, not individual countries. Pakistan has eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil; however, residual signatures of terrorists who take advantage of presence of 2.7 million Afghan refugees and absence of effective border security coordination, are also being traced and targeted through ongoing operation Rada ul Fasaad,” he maintained.
He also assured that Pakistani territory is not allowed to be used against any other country and Pakistan expects the same in reciprocity.
He said that collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan is ready to play its part.