Hostile agencies, regional actors involved in terrorism: COAS

 
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Lahore, July 25 (TNS): In connection with Lahore suicide blast, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa said regional actors and hostile intelligence agencies of enemy countries were fully involved to use terror as policy tool, military media wing said.

Speaking at a security meeting at Headquarters Lahore Corps, COAS said that deadly explosions in Lahore and Kabul are testimony of Pakistan’s stance that both countries are victims of terrorism.

The COAS chaired security meeting in Lahore where he was briefed on ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and Lahore blast which claimed at least 26 lives.

“[The two countries] would continue to suffer if such actors are able to use Afghanistan territory with impunity,” Gen. Bajwa said giving a clear reference of terrorists sanctuaries and Indian agency RAW’s presence on Afghan soil.

Army chief went on to say “Pakistan is ready to help Afghanistan to eradicate terrorist safe heavens in their border areas as our forces have done on our side of the border”.

“Such incidents cannot lower our resolve to eliminate terrorism from its roots,” the ISPR statement quoting COAS said.

“We have fought against terror as a nation and key to success is national participation by reporting every suspicious activity to security forces,” it added.

“Connectivity between terror masterminds and their facilitators and executors have been broken by the armed forces,” Army Chief said adding that the army fully supports and stands with police and other law enforcement agencies towards performance of their role as first responders.

Later on, Gen Qamar Bajwa visited hospitals to inquire after health of those who were the injured in Monday blast.