Regional peace passes through Afghanistan: Bajwa

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday - February 14, 2018
RAWALPINDI: Chief of army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa, in Kabul on Tuesday, reaffirmed to continue cooperation for regional peace and stability and reiterated, “Path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan.”

According to an inter services public relations (ISPR) statement, Bajwa expressed his views as he attended chiefs of defence conference. COAS educated that regions develop as a whole, not individual countries.

He said that Pakistan has eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil, however, residual signatures of terrorists who take advantage of the presence of 2.7 million Afghan refugees, absence of effective border security coordination, are being traced and targeted through ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad (RuF).

Bajwa assured that Pakistani territory is not allowed to be used against any other country and Pakistan expects the same in reciprocity.

He said that collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan is ready to play its part.

United States central command (USCENTCOM) commander, resolute support mission (RSM) commander and army chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan attended the high level conference.

Separately, 4 corps commander lieutenant general Aamer Riaz inaugurated boarding campus and hostel of rising sun institute and welfare society in defence housing authority (DHA).

The institute is working as a premier training and educational facility for special children to groom them into an effective and vital organ of the society.

Over 650 children are getting mostly free education.

Initially, the campus will board and lodge homeless special children of over 18 years.

Riaz, in his concluding remarks, appreciated the dedicated efforts of management of the institute and assured army’s full support for the future initiatives.