Peace in Afghanistan vital for regional stability, COAS tells US commander


RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday met with United States Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General Joseph L Votel.

The discussions during the meeting of the two commanders revolved around the regional security situation with regards to Afghanistan, Pak-Afghan border management and Pakistan’s contributions towards peace and stability in the region, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

“The COAS said that peace in Afghanistan is more important for Pakistan than any other country,” stated the ISPR, adding that the army chief also reiterated that Pakistan has done its best despite constraints and shall continue efforts for the sake of its future, in line with aspirations of the Pakistani people.

“However, the same was not being reciprocated as evident from the continued attacks from across the border,” the army said in its statement.

The CENTCOM chief appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan Army’s contributions and Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terror, the ISPR concluded.