Islamabad; The Top brass 206th corps commanders conference on Tuesday at the General Headquarters (GHQ) decided to continue efforts towards internal enduring peace while contributing towards peace in Afghanistan and the region, ISPR said.
The Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javid Bajwa while chairing the meeting apprised the Commanders’ Conference about his military diplomacy through his recent visits aboard and interaction with foreign dignitaries visiting Pakistan. The forum also discussed regional and internal security situation with specific reference to Afghanistan.
Progress of Operation Raddul Fasaad, enhanced security measures along the Pak-Afghan border and recently-initiated “Khushal Balochistan” programme aimed at stability of Balochistan through socio-economic development and security were also deliberated upon.
The corps commanders conference was held a day after meetings of the US Defense Secretary General James Mattis with the Pakistani civil and military leadership, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, General Qamar Javed Bajwa and others in Islamabad. General Mattis during his meeting with the COAS expressed respect for Pakistan armed forces and the effective operations undertaken against terrorists.
However, he highlighted concern that a few elements continue to use Pakistan’s territory to further their terrorist agenda in Afghanistan. He assured that the US is ready to play its role in addressing Pakistan’s legitimate concerns, saying that his aim is not to make demands but find common grounds to work together.
General Bajwa told the US Defense Secretary that Pakistan has done much more than its due share despite capacity constraints but shall remain committed to peace as a responsible member of international community. He reiterated Pakistan’s support to peace and stability in the region and highlighted Pakistan’s concerns emanating from the Indian use of Afghan soil, the necessity and right of Afghan refugees for a respectable and early repatriation and the existence of terrorist safe havens across the border in Afghanistan.