Terrorists being targeted indiscriminately, COAS tells Afghan journalists

Gen Qamar says media can play a vital role in mitigating negativity created by inimical forces


News Desk August 25, 2017
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa PHOTO: ISPR

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Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has categorically denied the existence of safe havens in the country, saying that Pakistan’s soil is not being used for terrorist activities in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and colour, and there are no safe havens inside Pakistan which are used against Afghanistan,” the army chief said on Friday while talking to a nine-member Afghan media delegation, which is in Pakistan on a week-long visit, at the GHQ.

According to the ISPR, Gen Bajwa stressed the need for coordinated response to terrorists who he described as a 'common enemy' of both the countries.

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“Afghanistan is a brotherly neighbour and terrorists are our common enemy against which a trust-based, coordinated response is required rather than blame game,” the ISPR quoted the army chief as saying.

In this regard, he highlighted the “vital role media can play in mitigating the negativity created by inimical forces”.

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Moreover, the COAS called for effective border management along the Pak-Afghan border “for which Pakistan has taken effective measures on its side of the border – including fencing and establishment of new border forts/posts”.

The Afghan media delegation, while thanking the army chief for his time and very candid discussion, acknowledged that such interactions were very useful in understanding each other.

The delegation said it was carrying back home 'fact-based positivity' through this tour.

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COMMENTS (4)

mahakaalchakra | 2 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Rustam: To replenish their supplies of IEDs, guns and bullets and get umbrella protection of Pakistan establishment against hot pursuits. Taliban do not have factories of their own to manufacture bombs and IEDs at this scale for the last 15 years.
Gul Khan | 2 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Rustam: The location of command & control centre of Islamic Emirates of Taliban is why the world gave us a place on high table of peace talks. Plausible denial of sanctuaries excuse us from bringing Taliban to peace talks but Drones some times targets Terrorist leaders deep inside Pakistan. By the logic that 50% of Afghanistan is controlled by terrorist mindset, therefore, TTP. IMU, AQ & those responsible for APIS have a natural habitat in this area. Removing the command & control structure & fixing the terrorist mindset is that what world is demanding. Bluffing would neither satisfy parents of children of APS or the larger world.
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