CPEC benefits can be shared with Afghanistan: army chief

General Raheel addresses South Asia Security Conference in Munich, Germany

Web Desk September 29, 2015
Army Cheif General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Raheel Sharif said on Tuesday a peaceful Afghanistan would open regional connectivity and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor benefits could be shared between the two countries.

"Practical steps are required to manage the Pak-Afghan border for the gainful conclusion of Operation Zarb-e-Azb," said the army chief while addressing the South Asia Security Conference in Marshal Centre in Munich, Germany.

Read: Army chief arrives in Germany to address security conference

Further, the army chief said perpetual instability in Afghanistan has negatively affected the region. General Raheel insisted that peace and reconciliation in the neighbouring country was of vital importance for the whole region.

“It is essential for socio-economic development of Pakistan to address menace of extremism,” he added.

General Raheel urged all stakeholders to revive the peace and reconciliation process to address the recent surge of violence and instability in Afghanistan.

The army chief went on to say that instability within and outside Pakistan has deeply affected the country, however, economic opportunities have opened up not only for Pakistan but the whole region after the army’s recent approach to thwart terrorism.

Read: Pakistan bound to defeat all perpetrators of terrorism: Army chief

The army chief arrived in Munich on Monday on a one-day official visit to take part in the CENTCOM Asia Security Conference.


Jaihoon | 5 years ago | Reply Pakistan has empirically proved itself to be an enemy state and Afghans arguably consider it as such- except boneheaded Ghani, who thinks and acts otherwise.
Jaihoon | 5 years ago | Reply Afghans do not want CPEC benefits. All what they want is the Pakistani generals should stop forthwith their aiding and abetting the Afghan thugs. The Iranian port of Chabahar, is an ideal port for Afghan transit trade. Afghans want to cut off trade with Pakistan and block its access to Central Asia because of its relentless interference in their countries affairs.
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