RAWALPINDI: Pakistan made sincere efforts to help stabilize Afghan government and facilitate peace process in Afghanistan, Secretary Defence, Lt. General (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak said.
He was talking to US Deputy Commander for CENTCOM, Vice Admiral Mark Fox along with Lt. General Anthony Rock, Chief of ODRP, who called on him here on Wednesday.
The visiting delegation comprising Control Officer, ODRP and Executive Officer Representative of US Embassy from American side while senior officials from Pakistan side also attended the meeting.
He said Pakistan and USA have a history of bilateral relations which have evolved on principles of mutual respect,shared common interest and understanding of each other’s perspective.
Secretary Defence told the visiting Deputy Commander that Pakistan plays a stabilizing role in drawdown of forces from Afghanistan.
“We are the fulcrum of security for South Asia. Our importance in this regard needs to be understood for stability and security of the region as it is linked to stability of Pakistan.” he said.
He said, “Pakistan wants peace in the region and is making an effort to make its borders peaceful. Our desire for peace should be facilitated by our friends so that our efforts reap fruits.”
The US delegation expressed satisfaction over formation of government of National Unity in Afghanistan. The Deputy Chief termed Pakistan’s sincere efforts in bringing peace and stability in the region as commendable.
“The recent North Waziristan operations are a testimony of Pakistan’s commitment in its fight against terrorism,” he added.
Vice Admiral Mark Fox said he is fully cognizant of sacrifices rendered by Pakistan Army and its people in continuing war on terror and expressed condolences on the sad incident of Peshawar school attack.He also acknowledged the continued commitment of Pakistan towards peace.
The meeting was significant in wake of current scenario and ended with the hope that USA realizes logistic and financial support in wake of continued efforts to save problem of terrorism faced by Pakistan.