Gen Bajwa seeks world’s
constructive engagement and
support for Afghanistan


RAWALPINDI: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Friday that the world community’s constructive engagement and sustained humanitarian support for Afghanistan is imperative for enduring peace and stability in the country.

The army chief’s comments came during the Corps Commander Conference, which he chaired at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

The meeting’s participants took a comprehensive review of the global, regional, and domestic security environment, the military’s media wing said in the statement.

Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa

The forum was apprised of the prevalent situation in Afghanistan, especially the security along Pak-Afghan Border and effective safeguards in place against various threats.

During the meeting, the army chief expressed satisfaction over the efficacy of the comprehensive border management regime due to which Pakistan’s borders and internal security remained intact amid a crisis situation in the region.

Gen Bajwa appreciated the army’s support and role in the evacuation of foreigners and Afghan people from Afghanistan to other countries. The army chief appreciated the formations for their efforts for conducting Muharram-related events in a peaceful manner and instructed complete readiness to counter conventional and non-conventional threats.

“The designs of external and internal forces inimical to peace and stability in Pakistan shall be thwarted at all costs,” the army chief concluded.

Meanwhile, the forum emphasised close cooperation amongst all regional stakeholders is essential for a prosperous and peaceful region. The forum paid homage to Syed Ali Shah Geelani and also expressed solidarity with Kashmiri people.

A day earlier, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Joseph Burns held a meeting with COAS Bajwa and discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed was also present during the meeting, which focused on the Afghanistan situation and regional security after the US withdrawal and the formation of the Taliban government in Kabul.

It was reiterated that Pakistan remains committed to cooperating with its international partners for peace in the region and ensuring a stable and prosperous future for [the] Afghan people.

Gen Bajwa expressed “satisfaction” regarding the efficacy of Pakistan’s border management system because of which the country’s borders remained secure and internal security remained intact amid the rapidly unfolding situation in Afghanistan.

He also appreciated Pakistan Army’s role and support in the “overall and transit-related efforts undertaken in support of evacuation of foreign and Afghan populace from Afghanistan to other countries”. He reiterated Pakistan’s firm commitment to peace. During the meeting, the forum termed close cooperation among all regional stakeholders necessary to establish peace and stability in South Asia.

Meanwhile, Gen Bajwa also appreciated the troops for security during Muharram and directed them to remain completely ready to counter conventional and non-conventional threats against the country. “The designs of external and internal forces inimical to peace and stability in Pakistan shall be thwarted at all costs,” he reiterated.