Pakistan safe for all sorts of activities including sports: COAS

Greek envoy meets army chief, lauds Pakistan's role in Afghan evacuations

News Desk September 21, 2021


Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday told Greek Ambassador Andreas Papastavrou, who called on him at GHQ, that Pakistan is safe for all sorts of international tourism, sports and business activities.

The army chief said, “We encourage healthy bilateral exchanges in all areas of common interest.”

During the meeting matters of mutual interest, regional security situation especially current situation in Afghanistan and cooperation in various fields were discussed, said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) media release.

The Army Chief said that Pakistan remained committed to cooperating with its international partners for peace in the region and ensuring a stable and prosperous future for Afghan people.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in controlling Covid-19 through a coordinated national response.

He also lauded Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation including successful evacuation operations and efforts for regional stability.

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On September 9, while talking to Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Gen Bajwa reiterated the shared resolve of extending humanitarian assistance for Afghans.

“Pakistan remains committed to working with its international partners for peace in the region and ensuring a stable and prosperous future for people of Afghanistan,” the military's media wing quoted the army chief as saying.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, who is also deputy premier of Qatar, appreciated Pakistan’s role in successful evacuation operations from Afghanistan, efforts for regional stability and pledged to play their role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Islamabad at all levels.

Earlier that day, the Qatari minister called on Prime Minister Imran Khan, who highlighted that Pakistan had suffered enormously due to the protracted conflict in Afghanistan.

The premier underscored the importance of a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region.


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