No safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan, COAS Bajwa

Dunya News

Nine-member delegation of Afghan media met Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI (Dunya News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said there are no safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan, stressing on mutual co-operation with Afghanistan to fight the common enemy.

Similar statements were issued at the National Security Meeting (NSC) chaired by PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi with civil and military leadership yesterday. The members rejected US President Donald Trump s claims that Pakistan harbours terrorist organisations inside its territory.

Army chief met a nine-member delegation of Afghan media persons in Rawalpindi General Headquarters (GHQ) on Friday, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The journalists from across the border interacted with Gen Bajwa and put forth their questions.

Talking to the media persons, army chief called Afghanistan a brotherly neighbou, adding that both countries should co-ordinate with one another to fight terrorists who are the common enemies. “Media can play vital role in mitigating negativity created by inimical forces … blame game should be avoided,” he suggested.

Gen Bajwa was asked various questions during the meeting. He responded that Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and colour and there are no safe heavens inside Pakistan which are used against Afghanistan. He highlighted the need for effective border management along Pak-Afghan border for which Pakistan has taken effective measures on its side of the border including fencing and establishment of new border forts as well as posts.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Afghan media delegation thanked COAS Bajwa and ISPR for their hospitality. They are on a one-week visit to Pakistan.