US Centcom commander meet Gen Bajwa, discuss Afghanistan

Islamabad:  United States Central Command (Centcom) Gen Joseph Votel called on  Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The two military leaders discussed regional security, particularly with regards to Afghanistan, Pak-Afghan border management and Pakistan’s contributions towards peace and stability in the region, ISPR said.

The COAS reiterated that peace in Afghanistan is more important for Pakistan than any other country, and that it had done its best despite constraints and would continue to do so in line with the aspirations of the Pakistani people, ISPR said.

However, he lamented that “the same was not being reciprocated as [is] evident from the continued attacks from across the border”.

The statement comes days after an attack on a Pakistani checkpost in Bajaur Agency from across the Pak-Afghan border martyred two soldiers and left four others wounded.

Gen Votel appreciated and acknowledged the army’s contributions and Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, ISPR said.


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