Border fence with Afghanistan aims for peace: COS

Border fence with Afghanistan aims for peace: COS

On Thursday, Chief of Army Staff (COOS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the fence on the Pak-Afghanistan border was a fence of peace and was built to prevent the movement of terrorists across the border.

The Army Chief said this on the occasion of his visit to Upper Dir in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Peshawar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Noman Mahmood congratulated the Army Chief on his arrival in Upper Dir and briefed him on stabilization operations and border management in the area. The army chief praised the soldiers for working on the border fence in a difficult mountainous area. He said that border security and border management system was a reflection of Pakistan’s commitment to peace. He praised the troops’ efforts to bring peace to difficult areas. He asked the troops to remain vigilant in view of the recent terrorist attacks in the country.

Later, the army chief arrived at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar to investigate those injured in a bomb blast at a religious seminary in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa capital a day earlier. Speaking on the occasion, the Army Chief said that innocent children were targeted on December 16, 2014 at the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar. And now on October 27, which is celebrated by Pakistanis and Kashmiris as Black Day, the enemy attacked the innocents, he said. The martyrs of the Peshawar madrassa attack included several children of Afghan refugees, he said. He said that the nation had thwarted the nefarious plans of the enemy in the past and it stood united to thwart such designs once again. He said that Pakistan will face the enemy tomorrow even today. He said that the nation had defeated the terrorist mentality in the past and it would defeat it again.

The army chief said that he was going to the hospital to share the grief of the martyred children and the families of the teachers. He said that both Pakistan and Afghanistan have been victims of terrorism for the last two decades.

The Army Chief said that terrorists and their facilitators would be put into practice at any cost. He said that Pakistan has welcomed the Afghan refugees and shares the sorrows and joys of the Pakistani refugees. “Peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan is intertwined,” he said. “Terrorism has no religion,” he said. Terrorists only want to spread fear in the society. He said that the terrorist attack on Peshawar Madrassa was in fact an attack on Islam. Innocent people became victims of terrorists in law enforcement agencies as well as madrassas, mosques, imambargahs, churches, temples and educational institutions, he said.

He said that Pakistan has always strived for peace in Afghanistan and he extended all possible cooperation to achieve this goal. Will “Afghans in Pakistan must be careful about the designs of the enemy who want to use them for terrorism,” he said. He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan could not tolerate terrorism at this time as its consequences would be dangerous. “Pakistanis used to beat their hearts with their Afghan brothers and they are still very close to Afghans,” he said. “Cooperation and unity need time,” he said. He said that efforts were being made to give a secure, stable and prosperous Pakistan to future generations.

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