Pakistan solidifying western border through fencing, construction of new forts, posts and increase in deployment

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Bajwa says Army fully ready to tackle

any eventuality at western and eastern borders

QUETTA: Pakistan Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Saturday visited troops on forward posts along Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Dawatoi in North Waziristan and inspected preparedness of the Army in the area. DG-ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor and other senior officers were him.

This was the area where due to cross-border terrorist attack from Afghanistan on fencing party had resulted into death of three Pakistan Army soldiers on May 1. Seven other soldiers were also injured in the cross-border attack. According to ISPR, about 60 to 70 militants had attacked Pakistani army personnel busy in border fencing in the country’s northwest tribal district of North Waziristan.

Addressing the soldiers deployed there, Gen Bajwa said that Pakistan is ready for any ‘unforeseen eventuality’. He said Pakistan would continue playing a positive role towards success of Afghan reconciliation process and peace in the region. “For this, Pakistan is solidifying border through fencing, construction of new forts and posts and increase in strength of FC troops to effectively manage the border”.

“Pakistan is also taking various other measures to stop infiltration and these attacks and as a result of these steps, situation would be better in near future”, he said avoiding details.

Referring to eastern border (linked with India), Gen Bajwa said; “Similarly we continue to maintain required state of alertness and preparedness on our eastern border. We are fully ready to tackle any odd situation both at western and eastern border”.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) directorate quoted him as the COAS said that there are still challenges facing Pakistan but not as much as we have passed through in recent past. “To continue the journey towards ultimate success we need to stay patient, determined and united,” Gen Bajwa maintained.

Gen Bajwa appreciated their high morale and contributions for bringing about stability in the area. Earlier, the COAS was briefed about progress on border fencing, sanitisation operation, socio-economic development projects and rehabilitation of TDPs.

Corp cmdrs meeting

Meanwhile, 221st Corps Commanders’ Conference held at GHQ presided by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS). According to sources, the moot discussed overall security situation especially in Balochistan as Corp Commander Balochistan Lt. Gen Asim Bajwa was prominent among participants of the meeting.
Forum reviewed evolving geo-strategic environment and security situation of the country including progress of operation Radd ul Fasaad. Forum reiterated to continue its efforts for bringing enduring peace in the country while supporting all initiatives towards regional peace.