Bajwa urges neighbours not to blame Pakistan for their woes

Islamabad: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has counseled unnamed neighbours to address problems at home instead of blaming Pakistan for their woes.

Bajwa made these assertions while addressing participants of the National Security and War Course at National Defence University Islamabad. “Terrorism cannot be defeated by closing eyes to one’s own responsibilities and resorting to throwing blame outside as being done by a few players in the region.” He said without naming the countries he was referring to.

Pakistan’s primary concern has been the blame game by Afghanistan and India, whose officials routinely accuse Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism on their soil. Afghan authorities blame most of terrorist acts in their country on Pakistan, while India uses the terrorism card to discredit the uprising in held Kashmir and at the same time refuse dialogue with the neighbours over bilateral disputes. Islamabad has on a number of occasions rejected the allegations.

Kabul has repeatedly been asked to shun the blame game and start cooperating in fighting what is described as the “common enemy”.

“The threat requires a trust based coordinated response rather than a blame game or unwarranted skirmishes,” Gen Bajwa had said earlier this week while visiting Peshawar Corps. His message was directed towards Afghan authorities.

Gen Bajwa said Pakistan “indiscriminately” fought terrorism at home. He pledged to root out terrorism through the ongoing Raddul Fasaad military operation, which has been continuing for months.


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