ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua on Sunday said Pakistan is a great and peace loving country which had always stood along with world to contribute to global stability and prosperity.“We all need to invest in peace instead of war. We want and we are working with the world in a cooperative framework,” Nasser Janjua said this while addressing an International Conference of News Agencies.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb was guest of honour on the occasion. The two-day Conference entitled “Pakistan – Media Opportunities and Challenges” is being organized by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) to provide an opportunity to journalists for a direct and hassle-free linkage to cope with emerging competitive environment for news agencies in the world. He highlighted, in detail, the different intriguing dimensions of Afghan conflict and said that no love stories are born out of use of force.”Let’s, collectively invest in peace and bring the closure to this perpetual conflict instead of wining it,” he added. The Adviser also sensitized the participants over the regional security environment and stressed that the US and the West should play a positive role in maintaining security of the region which over a period has become quite fragile. Nasser Janjua highlighted character and role of Pakistan in recent history and the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in on-going war against terrorism, saying Pakistan has lost over 60,000 lives and billions of dollars in the war. Nasser Janjua gave the delegation a detailed presentation on regional security situation with a particular reference to focusing on how Pakistan, its people armed forces, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and Intelligence Agencies performed brilliantly and resiliently after 1979 and 9/11.“Afghanistan is a story of pains. It is a story of injuries. It is a wound of the world and also of region, which should be healed as quickly as possible,” Janjua told the gathering which included delegates from around 15 countries, Secretary Information and Broadcasting, Shafqat Jalil, Managing Director APP, Masood Malik, senior journalists and staff of APP.“Every investment has been made to win Afghan war, but unfortunately we have not invested in winning peace,” he said.
He termed Afghanistan as “wound of the world as well as the region” that needs to be healed, saying innocent people in both Afghanistan and Pakistan were suffering since the Soviet occupation of Kabul in 1979. But now, he said peace was the only way forward. He said “I know how to fight. We are bold, brave, brilliant and beautiful nation, we also know how to fight. But we believe in peace.”Nasser Janjua said post 9/11 Pakistan stood with international community and not with those who inflicted atrocious attack on United States. On prevalent blame-game, he said, ”It is a strange moment in our history that the US and all others are blaming us that we are supporting the militants.”
He said “the Taliban accuse us of supporting the US and vice versa. So both are blaming us, who’s right?”The National Security Adviser said Pakistan’s location makes it a strategic asset in Central and South Asia, having the ability to connect the markets of Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia. Pakistan and Afghanistan share a lot of opportunities and have common economic future with a potential to connect to the markets of Europe, Africa and rest of Asia, said Nasser Khan Janjua. Janjua said unfortunately, children of Afghanistan have seen nothing but war since 1979, whereas, Pakistan, after Afghanistan, is the most affected country hit by instability and insurgencies,” adding that the people of Pakistan want to see Afghanistan as a peaceful, prosperous and stable country.
The Adviser said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is only half of the China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) dream, with Afghanistan being theother half as it will connect whole Central Asia and Europe. He said Pakistan is the only country that can multiply the regional economies.
He said Pakistan believed that building of economic corridor was conducive to promoting connectivity and shared prosperity of the entire region and added Pakistan believed in cooperative relations with all its neighbours on the basis of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.“Pakistan, its people, Armed Forces and other LEAs have successfully fought insurgencies and militancy, and good news is that terrorism is decreased while peace is prevailing in the country,” he added.