Will root out extremism: JCS committee

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – July 4, 2018
RAWALPINDI: A meeting of joint chiefs of staff (JCS) committee, under the chairmanship of general Zubair Mahmood Hayat, on Tuesday reviewed the internal security situation, reiterated the commitment of the armed forces to root out terrorism/extremism with help of other national stakeholders and the people of Pakistan and expressed determination for provision of full security to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

According to inter services public relations (ISPR) statements, JCS committee remained appreciative on operational preparedness and force development of the armed forces; acknowledged the sacrifices of armed forces in war against terrorism, resulting in considerable reduction in violence countrywide.

They appreciated substantial developments in Pak-Afghan bilateral peace process. The progress, so far, on fencing of Pak-Afghan border against all odds was also applauded.

JCS committee was briefed on the regional security environment including the fast-paced developments in the realm of strategic and conventional policies/doctrines and capabilities.

The military leadership reaffirmed that the armed forces remain fully cognizant of the evolving security dynamics of the region and will take all measures to safeguard its national security in all domains.

Hayat lauded coordination between three services of the armed forces in meeting all defence and security challenges.

The high level security meeting was held at joint staff headquarters in the garrison city, chiefs of three services, senior officers from defence ministry, defence production ministry and three services participated.

Separately, United States (US) south and central Asia principal deputy assistant secretary ambassador Alice G. Wells called on chief of army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday.

Wells commended the sacrifices and resilience of the people and armed forces of Pakistan and appreciated the role Pakistan army has played in battling the scourge of terrorism.

Both reaffirmed the commitment towards the common goal of peace and stability in the region and discussed measures towards that end. Both also agreed on continued engagement at multiple levels.

During the meeting, views were exchanged on issues of mutual interest, regional security and cooperation between both the countries.