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Pakistan Has Eliminated All Terror Sanctuaries on Its Land, Says Army Chief Bajwa

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the path to regional peace passed through Afghanistan and that Pakistan had eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil and that “residual signatures of terrorists who take advantage of presence of 2.7 million Afghan refugees and absence of effective border security coordination were being traced and targeted through operation Radd ul Fasaad”.

Aishwarya Kumar | News18.com

Updated:February 14, 2018, 9:56 AM IST
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Pakistan Has Eliminated All Terror Sanctuaries on Its Land, Says Army Chief Bajwa
File photo of Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
New Delhi: Pakistan has eliminated all terror sanctuaries on its turf, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said during the Chiefs of Defence Conference in Kabul.

A statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said that the conference was attended by the top US commander in Afghanistan Gen John Nicholson, Commander US Central Command (Centcom) Gen Joseph Votel and the army chiefs of Afghanistan and central Asian republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Bajwa said that the path to regional peace passed through Afghanistan and that Pakistan had eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil and that “residual signatures of terrorists who take advantage of presence of 2.7 million Afghan refugees and absence of effective border security coordination were being traced and targeted through operation Radd ul Fasaad.”

Bajwa further said that Pakistan’s territory was not allowed to be used against any other country and that “it expected the same in reciprocity”.

The statement comes just hours after American intelligence chief warned that Pakistan was developing new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical ones that bring more risks to the region.

“Pakistan continues to produce nuclear weapons and develop new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical weapons, sea-based cruise missiles, air-launched cruise missiles, and longer-range ballistic missiles,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on worldwide threats. He also warned that Pakistan-supported terrorist groups would continue to carry out attacks inside India, thus risking escalation of tension between the two neighbours.

His remarks came days after a group of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists struck the Sunjuwan Military Camp in Jammu on Saturday, killing seven people including six soldiers.



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