Islamabad   -   Pakistan Army’s top brass on Monday expressed its determination to carry forward stability achieved through counter-terrorism operations.

Chairing the 214th Corps Commanders Conference, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also hailed intelligence agencies and all forces for maintenance of security during the holy month of Muharram.

The forum also thanked people of the country for ‘honouring martyrs in a befitting manner’ on Defence Day on September 6.

A statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the army chief also appraised the forum about his successful visit to China.

On September 16, Gen Bajwa undertook a 3-day official visit to China and assured the top military leadership that CPEC is the economic future of Pakistan and its security shall never be compromised.

A day after a controversial interview of a key government adviser cast doubts over future of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, General Bajwa assured the Chinese envoy that the CPEC is Pakistan’s economic future and its security will not be compromised.

The meeting between the Chinese envoy and the army chief came against the backdrop of a recent report by Financial Times which quoted the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Textile and Commerce Abdul Razzak Daud as saying that the newly-formed federal government might revisit the CPEC projects.

His statement, however, drew immediate rebuttals from Foreign Office as well as the Chinese Embassy. The adviser himself insisted that his statement was taken out of context.

Feeling the heat, the government said it is rather looking into possibility of further enhancing and broadening scope of the multi-billion dollar rail and roads corridor that links China’s southern region with the Arabian Sea through Gwadar port.

According to the ISPR, the Corps Commander Conference today also reviewed the geostrategic environment and overall security situation of the country including progress of ongoing stability operations under Operation Raddul Fasaad.

On September 26, during his visit to North Waziristan, the army chief had said that armed forces of Pakistan will never allow reign of terror to return to the tribal district, once an epicentre of international terrorism.

“It’s time for Waziristan and other districts to flourish and prosper,” said General Bajwa, as he also lauded the courage and dedication of the troops while interacting with them during his visit to the area.

The armed forces had cleared NW from the clutches of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates – including the Haqqani Network and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – after lengthy war against terror.

The COAS was apprised on the security situation and also briefed on border management as well as progress of development works and rehabilitation of temporarily-displaced persons, the military’s media wing said.

He also gave directives to focus on stability operations and socio-economic development so as to achieve enduring peace in the tribal district, according to the ISPR.

Al-Qaeda had converted North Waziristan, located on Pak-Afghan border, into a launching pad of its international terror operations and expanded its presence and influence on both sides of the border.

Its affiliate, TTP, also used this area as a hub where it trained suicide bombers to unleash them on different Pakistani cities, deep into its national territory.

However, Pakistan purged the district and other areas on its side of the border after fighting fierce battles with all sorts of terrorists and regained the control of its territory.

In the course of its counter-terrorism war, Pakistan suffered huge losses in terms of men and material but remained steadfast and finally succeeded in killing and smashing the terrorist hide outs.

The military operations were succeeded by resettlement and massive rehabilitation and socio-economic development programs in the area, which are still ongoing.

Another major measure taken by the country to stop resurgence of terrorism is enhanced border management and fencing. The aim is checking cross-border movement of militants, some of whom are those TTP remnants who had escaped the military operations and found safe heavens in Afghanistan.

On September 28, the COAS and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar called on Prime Minister Imran Khan. According to a statement released by the PM Office, ‘security and regional stability situation’ came under discussion during the meeting.

 

 

Army firm to keep stability following anti-terror ops