Pakistan supports Afghan peace process: COAS Gen Bajwa

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Pakistan has perform operations against all terrorists indiscriminately, adding that there are no safe havens inside Pakistan to be used against Afghanistan.

He was talking to Commander US CENTCOM General Joseph L Votel in Rawalpindi on Monday.

The Army Chief said Pakistan supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

With reference to recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan and follow up rhetoric from certain factions implicating Pakistan, he said that blame game cause harm to enduring peace and stability.

COAS expressed his commitment to work in close coordination with Afghanistan and US Led Resolute Support Mission for improved security environment in Pak-Afghan border region.

He emphasized requirement of Pak-Afghan bilateral border security and intelligence sharing mechanism.

The Army Chief said Pakistan accords great importance to its relations with the United States, especially in counter-terrorism and regional stability.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s successes in fight against terrorism and continued efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region.

General Joseph L Votel emphasized the need for continued and meaningful engagement between all stakeholders involved in peace and stability of Afghanistan.

He supported an inclusive reconciliation in Afghan through an Afghan owned and Afghan led process.

Commander US CENTCOM General Joseph L. Votel also called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Rawalpindi on Monday.

Matters of mutual interest with emphasis on geo-strategic environment were discussed during the meeting.

Commander CENTCOM acknowledged the role played by the Pakistan Armed Forces in fighting the menace of terrorism.