- Army chief believes border management to defeat common enemy
United Kingdom’s Chief of General Staff General Sir Nick Carter received Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa upon his arrival at the Ministry of Defence, according to a release of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued on Monday.
The visiting army chief was given guard of honour at the Horse Guards Square. Later, General Bajwa had separate meetings with UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins and also US Resolute Support Mission (RSM) Commander General John Nicholson.
Matters of mutual interest including regional geo-political environment with special reference to Afghanistan came under discussion. The UK leadership and RSM commander appreciated and acknowledged positive role played by Pakistan and the Pakistan Army towards peace and stability.
General Bajwa reiterated that Pakistan was a peace loving country and shall continue to play its positive role in bringing about enduring peace and stability in the region. He emphasised that peace in Afghanistan was a shared interest; Pakistan would continue its positive role and was ready to work closely with Afghanistan.
He said that that Pak-Afghan bilateral border security mechanism was critically important and both the countries need to formulate this at priority. He shared various border control/management measures which Pakistan has undertaken and urged the requirement of similar measures on other side of the border to defeat common enemy.
The army chief also highlighted that CPEC should be viewed as an economic maneuver since it aims at fostering inclusive development in best interest of the region and beyond. He also thanked UK leadership for their assistance during war on terror.