RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said Pakistan desires to maintain productive bilateral engagement with all the regional players and wished for peaceful, diversified, sustained relations.
He was talking to members of the US Senate armed services and intelligence committees, headed by Senator Angus King, who called on him on Saturday. The delegation also included Senator Richard Burr, Senator John Cornyn and Senator Ben Sasse. Ms Angela Aggeler, US Charge d’ Affaires to Pakistan, accompanied the delegation. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, current security situation in Afghanistan and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed.
The COAS also reiterated the urgency for global convergence on Afghanistan to avoid looming humanitarian crisis and need for coordinated efforts for economic uplift of the Afghan people.
He thanked the senators for their efforts in forging mutual understanding of geopolitical and security situation in view of challenges ahead. The visiting senators appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation, special efforts for border management, role in regional stability and pledged to play their part for furthering diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.
The statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that matters of mutual interest, the security situation in Afghanistan and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed during the meeting.
“The COAS said that Pakistan desires to maintain productive bilateral engagement with all regional players and wishes for peaceful, diversified, sustained relations,” the statement said, adding that General Bajwa also stressed urgent global convergence on Afghanistan to avoid a looming humanitarian crisis there.
He also emphasised the need for coordinated efforts for the economic uplift of the Afghan people, the statement said.
“The COAS thanked the senators for their efforts in forging a mutual understanding of the geo-political and security situation in view of challenges ahead.”
The visiting dignitaries, the statement added, appreciated Pakistan’s role vis-a-vis Afghanistan, special efforts for border management and its role in regional stability.
They pledged to play their part in strengthening diplomatic cooperation between the US Pakistan at all levels.
Gen Bajwa visits Chawinda
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the Chanoki near in Chawinda, Sialkot, on Friday and witnessed exercise ‘Victory Shield’ by the Gujranwala Corps troops.
The COAS, according to ISPR, was briefed on objectives, planning parameters and conduct modalities of the exercise which is for enhancing operational preparedness of formation, encompassing defensive and offensive tasks in response to any misadventure by the adversary. The COAS expressed satisfaction over the training standards and professional competence of the troops.
Addressing the participating troops, the COAS stressed realistic and strenuous training in the field, saying such exercises helped bolster troops’ confidence, enhance cohesiveness and optimise their combat potential. Earlier on arrival, the COAS was received by Lt-Gen Muhammad Aamer, commander of the Gujranwala Corps.