RAWALPINDI: In rapidly changing scenario in the region especially in Pakistan, the country’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s role is being considered as crucial and he is acting accordingly.
World’s dignitaries and foreign diplomats are holding meetings with him at GHQ here and discussing the future strategy of Pakistan and other issues of mutual concern. According to informed sources, backlash of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital is imminent and it has turned the whole situation volatile and offending against Washington and giving impetus to Pakistan’s role as the only nuclear Islamic power.
US Ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale met Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Monday. A statement issued here by Inter Services Public Relations(ISPR)said that matters of mutual interest including regional security issues were discussed during the meeting.
Just few days before, General James Mattis, US Secretary of Defence called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ. It was stated that the meeting was focused on regional security with particular emphasis on Afghanistan as well as other matters of mutual interest.
COAS acknowledged history of US engagements with Pakistan especially the ongoing efforts for continuing the positivity for peace in the region. He said that Pakistan has done much more than its due share despite capacity constraints but shall remain committed for 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 Indian use of Afghan soil, the necessity and right of Afghan refugees for a respectable & early repatriation and the existence of terrorist safe havens across the border in Afghanistan.
Gen Mattis expressed his respect for Pakistan Armed Forces and the effective operations undertaken against terrorists. He highlighted concern that a few elements continue to use Pakistan’s territory to further their terrorist agenda in Afghanistan. He assured that 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.
COAS appreciated the dignitary’s understanding of the underlying issues and said that Pakistan does not require anything from US but understanding. We have eliminated safe havens from Pakistan’s soil but are prepared to look into the possibility of miscreants exploiting Pakistan’s hospitality to the Afghan Refugees to the detriment of our Afghan brothers.
Both agreed to work towards specific and sustained actions on each other’s concerns. Saudi minister Deputy Defence Minister Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Aeysh called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday. Matters of regional security and enhanced bilateral defence cooperation were discussed during the meeting, a statement issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Deputy Defence Minister appreciated professional standing and performance of Pakistan Army. Palestine ambassador Ambassador of the State of Palestine, Walid A.M. Abu Ali called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Tuesday and discussed the US President’s decision and its repercussion in the region.
A statement issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the Palestinian Ambassador thanked the COAS for Pakistan’s support to the Palestinian cause, The COAS reassured the ambassador that Pakistan viewed the unresolved Palestine issue at par with the Kashmir issue. He said that both issues had unequivocal public, moral and political support of the Pakistani nation and it would continue to support the principled stance on both regardless of the so called reality of occupation.