Nation special report
LONDON: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that there are no two opinions that Pakistan has been a victim of militancy and terrorism and its sacrifices in eliminating this curse are matchless. “We are doing our best, utilising all available sources to wipe out the enemies of peace and prosperity but it is fact that peace and stability in South Asia was dependent on the resolution of conflicts and disputes in the region”, he said this while speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London on Friday morning.
Narrating the past and present scenario, wave of terrorism that affected many parts of Pakistan and various measures taken by the government and armed forces against the militants and terrorists, Gen Bajwa said that after huge and matchless efforts and sacrifices, we however can say that we are now successful in our struggle and achieved the required task. “We know the value of peace and stability and believe that the future of enduring peace and stability in South Asia hinges on the ability to resolve issues and long-pending disputes within the region.”
He further said that Pakistan is at the cusp of achieving sustainable, irreversible and enduring peace and stability, which could be complemented through meaningful international partnerships, support and the will to address regional challenges. We are pleased to let you know at this platform that Pakistan has been moving towards attaining sustainable peace and stability.
Gen Bajwa stated that this can be complemented through meaningful international partnership, support and will to take on regional challenges. “Improved security offers foreign investment in Pakistan, a pivot to regional connectivity. However, future of enduring peace and stability in South Asia hinges on ability to resolve issues & long pending disputes within the region”.
“A better security will pave the way for foreign investment in Pakistan and infact the foreign investment plays a pivotal role for regional coordination”, he emphasised.
The session was presided by Desmond Bowen, Associate Fellow, South Asia Programme of IISS. He is a former UK civil servant who has specialised in defence and security issues. He has served in the Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office, at NATO headquarters, and in the negotiating delegation for the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. Latterly, he had nuclear policy responsibilities.
Gen Bajwa arrived in London on a five-day official visit in London on Thursday and attended a dinner hosted in his honour by High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria. He watched the cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Lords ground on Sunday and interacted with senior British civil and military leadership to discuss matters of mutual interest, including defence and security.
Visit to MoD
On Monday, COAS interacted with Sir Mark Sedwill NSA & Cabinet Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Mr Stephen Lovegrove Permanent Secretary MoD at MoD. Regional situation including Afghan Peace Process was discussed. Both dignitaries acknowledged Pakistan’s contributions towards regional peace.
COAS visited UK MoD. CDS UK Gen Sir Nick Carter received COAS. Session of delegation level strategic dialogue held to discuss geo-strategic environment and bilateral military cooperation.
Pakistan and the United Kingdom on Monday held military-to-military talks on geo-strategic environment and discussed ways to intensify defence cooperation. Military’s spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, who was accompanying the army chief on the trip, tweeted.