Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa assured lawmakers on Monday that the country’s borders are secure and that its troops are ready to face “any” situation amid the evolving situation in neighboring Afghanistan. .
General Bajwa, who briefed members of parliamentary committees on internal and external security, including Kashmir, at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, also stressed the importance of restoring peace in war-torn Afghanistan for sustainable development of the region.
“Thanks to our timely border management steps in the Western Zone, Pakistan’s borders are today secure, despite the challenges, and we are ready to face any situation,” said General Bajwa through the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military media wing.
The delegation, made up of members of the Kashmir Parliamentary Committee, the Senate Defense Committees and the National Assembly, was provided with detailed information on the security environment, including the situation at the borders and the military’s efforts for peace and stability. The delegation also had an extensive interactive session with General Bajwa.
It was the first security briefing by the military authorities to members of parliament since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in mid-August and the deadly terrorist attacks carried out by the so-called Islamic State in the neighboring country’s Khorasan Province (ISKP), Dawn reported.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before the US was to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war. This forced Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country to the UAE.
General Bajwa also said that peace is not possible without a solution to the Kashmir issue.
“The world needs to know that without a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue, peace and stability will remain an illusion,” General Bajwa said, reiterating the military’s support and commitment to the cause of Kashmir and the people of Kashmir.
The briefing session ended with a determination to continue the fight against violent extremism through a synergistic approach across the country, according to the ISPR statement.
Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had said the Pakistani military is present along the border with Afghanistan to defend every inch of the country. “About 2,690 kilometers of the Pak-Afghan border is fenced off.”
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Raza Rabbani had demanded that the briefing be held in the parliament building instead of the headquarters.
A similar briefing was given to parliamentary political party leaders in Parliament House on July 1, in which army and intelligence leaders called for the avoidance of political divisions on issues of national importance and warned that strategic challenges and related entailing policy shifts in external relations impact on the country.
The previous briefing was reportedly given by the Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, to parliamentary leaders, including opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif, on the spectrum of potential threats and the regional environment – the situation facing was developing in Afghanistan at the time in the wake of the withdrawal of US troops and the stalemate in peace talks.
The army chief had also responded to questions from parliamentarians after the briefing.
Since August 15, following the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban, opposition parties have asked the government to convene a joint session of Parliament to inform them about the regional situation and to reach a national consensus on the challenges the country may face. added.
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