COAS General Bajwa responds over Afghanistan peace initiative

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COAS General Bajwa responds over Afghanistan peace initiative

KARACHI - Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said Pakistan is trying very hard to help bring a lasting peace to Afghanistan by supporting the Afghan led and Afghan owned peace plan.

Addressing a passing out parade of the 110th Midshipmen and 19th Short Services Course at the Naval Academy, Karachi, he said Pakistan is a peace-loving country and believes in peace within and peace without.

The country in the past has seen many conflicts both on its eastern and western borders, he said.

“Wars bring death, destruction and misery for the people. Ultimately, all issues are resolved on the table through negotiations that is why we are trying very hard to help bring a lasting peace in Afghanistan by supporting Afghan led and Afghan owned peace plan, ” said Gen Bajwa.

“Similarly, our new government has extended a hand of peace and friendship towards India with utmost sincerity but it should not be taken as our weakness, peace benefits everybody. It is time to fight against hunger, disease and illiteracy, then to fight against each other.”

He said relative peace that one finds in the country today has been achieved at a very heavy cost.

Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, former naval chiefs, a large number of serving/ retired officers and families of passing out officers were present on the occasion.

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