Terrorists having sanctuaries in Afghanistan planning & coordinating terror attacks against Pakistan: COAS

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ISLAMABAD:Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Pakistan Army has waged a relentless fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

Addressing the Munich Security Conference in Germany, he said financial cost of the war on terrors exceeds 250 billion dollars and only a fraction of which is actually shared by our global partners.

He said that over 35 thousand Pakistanis have lost their lives in the war against terror.

The Chief of Army Staff said that he can say with pride and conviction that there are no organized terrorist camps on our side of the border.

He said, however, presence of terrorists of various hues and colours cannot be ruled out and we still have their active and sleeper cells, which are hiding in mountains, border towns and 54 refugee camps, besides some major towns and cities.

Expressing concerns over terrorists' presence in Afghanistan, the Chief of Army Staff said Pakistan has undertaken fencing of its border with Afghanistan and that elimination of terrorism requires global cooperation.

He said terrorists have sanctuaries in Afghanistan, from where attacks are being coordinated against Pakistan.

Army Chief said out of the last 131 terrorist attacks in our border areas last year, 123 were conceived, planned and executed from Afghanistan. He said Pakistan is fully committed to the international consensus that political reconciliation is the only solution to Afghan issue.

Qamar Javed Bajwa said Pakistan has been hosting three million Afghan refugees and now, time has come to repatriate these refugees to their own country.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa said now instead of blame games, it is time for NATO and allies to conduct an audit and introspection to find out causes for this stalemate.

He said in Pakistan's war against terror, military operations were not the only thing. He said government and all stake holders formulated the National Action Plan, aimed at fighting terrorism and gradually rooting out extremism.

The Army Chief said Pakistan launched operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in 2017 supporting the National Action Plan that involves better prosecution, policing, education reforms, along with curbing terror financing and hate speech.

He said our successes have been made possible by the collective resolve and resilience of our entire nation.APP

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