No militant camps exist on Pakistani soil, COAS tells Munich Security

Munich: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday told a military conference in Munich that Pakistan defeated al-Qaeda, Tehrik-i-Taliban and other outlawed militant groups, and they could proudly say that no organised militant camps existed on the Pakistani soil today.

Gen Bajwa expressed these views  while  addressing the  Munich Security Conference in Germany where military chiefs and civilian leaders have gathered to discuss the world’s most pressing security issues. . He  said that terrorists had sanctuaries in Afghanistan, from where attacks were being coordinated against Pakistan, adding that  Pakistan was ready to cooperate for peace and stability in Afghanistan. However, he stressed joint efforts by all the countries to eradicate the menace of terrorism giving Pakistan’s perspective on global and regional security .

Expressing concerns over terrorists’ presence in Afghanistan, the COAS said that Pakistan has undertaken fencing of its border with Afghanistan and that elimination of terrorism required global cooperation. “We can proudly say that there are no militant camps in Pakistan,” he said, mentioning reports of Daesh (Islamic State) militants’ regrouping in Afghanistan. He maintained that the territories of Pakistan and Afghanistan should not be used against each other.

The COAS said that Pakistan had been implementing National Action Plan (NAP) in the war against terrorism. He said that Pakistan was not just conducting military offensives against terrorists rather it had also taken action against the financiers.

General Bajwa said that the menace of terrorism was fought through joint efforts by the entire nation, noting that clerics from all schools of thought issued a decree against terrorism in the name of religion.

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