Pakistan's territory not allowed to be used against any country: COAS

Postado Fevereiro 15, 2018

The CHOD Conference was also attended by Commander US CENTCOM, Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and Army Chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Addressing Chiefs of Defence Conference held in the Afghan capital, he said that regions develop as a whole and not in the form of individual countries.

Despite Pak-Afghan delegations meeting for talks both in Kabul and Islamabad, little headway has been made on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), which is a Pakistani initiative for cooperation in the areas of counterterrorism and reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation, refugees' repatriation and joint economic development.

Preliminary talks on ending the war that kills thousands of people each year have stalled.

He also assured that Pakistani territory is not allowed to be used against any other country and Pakistan expects the same in reciprocity.

And he blamed the recent surge in Taliban attacks on the Islamists' growing desperation.

Pakistan has urged Afghanistan to stop the blame game and asked for its co-operation in combating terrorism.

Shedding light on the meeting, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had stressed the need to resolve Pak-Afghan issues bilaterally and said Pakistan "stands with its Afghan brothers in this hour of grief", referring to the recent spate of bomb-and-gun attacks in Kabul which claimed almost 200 lives. Pakistan said it would look into the information shared by Kabul.

The Islamabad talks were led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, who was visiting Pakistan.

But the visit of the army chief suggests that the two sides are not giving up and still looking to find a way out of the current impasse.

Pakistan forces are now involved in fencing its long and mostly porous border with Afghanistan to stop the illegal cross-border movement of the militants.