ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa discussed bilateral and regional security issues with visiting General Staff (CGS) UK Army, General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter. General Carter was on a two-day visit to Pakistan last week and met General Bajwa in garrison city Rawalpindi at General Headquarters.
Pakistan’s military media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said General Carter acknowledged the positive results of Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and recent measures taken along the Pak-Afghan border, including the fencing for improvement in border control.
The visiting general also hailed a religious fatwa decree against terrorism and said it “shall have far-reaching effects against extremist narrative.” General Bajwa highlighted the need for collective action to help encourage peace and stability in the region. The visiting general, along with COAS, visited Girdi Jungle, a border area in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan which hasrecently been sanitised.
“The delegation was given a detailed briefing on the security situation and security operations in support of the Khushal Balochistan program,” ISPR said. The visitors highly appreciated the professionalism and dedication with which the sanitization operation had been conducted.
Girdi Jungle, a small village before 1979, had swelled to a town of around 60,000 inhabitants, the majority being Afghan refugees.
“Over the years it had been converted into a hub of criminal and narcotics activities, facilitating both smugglers and terrorists in their nefarious agenda,” the military statement added. “The area is now free from inimical influence.”
The visitors also flew over the border town of Brabchah and were briefed on the peculiar environment of the area and steps taken to secure the Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan. The dignified and ordered resettlement of Afghan refugees and measures to spread dividends of peace in the larger region also came under discussion during the visit. British High Commissioner Thomas Drew and Defence attache in Pakistan and Commander Southern Command were also present during the visit.