Pakistani General “territorial” at Kabul’s defense meeting regarding regional terrorism

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APP77-30 NORTH WAZIRISTAN: November 30 – Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa talking to troops during his visit to North Waziristan Agency. APP

KABUL: Addressing a meeting of Chiefs of defense in Kabul on Tuesday said, “the path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan.” He claimed to have eliminated all militant sanctuaries from Pakistan.

“The residual signatures of terrorists who take advantage of presence of 2.7 million Afghan refugees and absence of effective border security coordination were being traced and targeted through ongoing operation Radd ul Fasaad,” said General Bajwa in a statement issued by the Pakistani army’s media wing, Inter-services Public Relation (ISPR).

The Chiefs of defense meeting was attended by US international forces commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, US Central Command Commander General Joseph and the army chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. TU.S. General Nicholson said, “There will be no safe haven for any terrorist group” in Afghanistan. 

Regarding terrorist groups and the Taliban in Afghanistan, General Nicholson said “We continue to strike them wherever we find them.”

However, the Pakistani General went on to say that the territory was not allowed to be used against any other country and Pakistan expected the same in reciprocity.

 “Collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan is ready to play its part,” Gen. Bajwa was quoted in the statement, adding the conference in Kabul concluded with the pledges to continue cooperation for peace and stability in the region.

This high level defense leaders meeting in Kabul comes less than a month after the capital was rocked by a spate of deadly attacks claimed by the Taliban and ISIS

This was the first high level regional defense meeting since the United States announced its South Asia Strategy.

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