Path to regional peace, stability passes through Afghanistan: COAS


Kabul, Feb. 13 (TNS): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Tuesday that the path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan, military media wing said in a statement.

He said this while attending the Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference held at Kabul today, said a statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

“Regions develop as whole, not individual countries,” he was quoted as saying by the Pakistan army’s media wing.

Commander US CENTCOM, Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and army chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also attended the conference.

A consensus was achieved among all stakeholders to continue cooperation for peace and stability in the region.

During his speech, Gen Qamar said that Pakistan had eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil.

“However, residual signatures of terrorists who take advantage of presence of 2.7 million Afghan refugees and absence of effective border security coordination, are also being traced and targeted through ongoing operation Radd- ul-Fasaad,” he added.

The COAS also assured that Pakistan’s territory was not allowed to be used against any other country and it expects the same in reciprocity.

He said that collaborative approach and persistence was the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan was ready to play its part..

Earlier this month, Pakistan and Afghanistan had “good discussions” during Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) talks.

APAPPS is a joint action plan for cooperation in the key areas of counter-terrorism and reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation, refugees’ repatriation and joint economic development.