Pakistan

COAS says foreign efforts to destabilise Pakistan being defeated

PAKISTAN

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qammar Javed Bajwa has said that hostile foreign efforts to destablise Pakistan are being exposed and defeated by a resilient nation.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, the army chief said that we have taken a solemn oath to defend the nation at whatever cost and sacrifices, and will continue to do so. He also saluted the martyrs of Pakistan who have immense sacrifices.

On September 21, six Pakistani citizens were killed and twenty-six were injured by Indian firing in Chappar, Harpal and Charwa sectors along the Working Boundary.

Pakistan and India have embroiled in a war of words. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi spoke at the United Nations General Assembly about Indian-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir. He said there have been six hundred ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the military frontiers.

Abbasi condemned the “massive and indiscriminate force” in Kashmir, and urged an international investigation and warned of escalation on the Line of Control. “Pakistan has acted with restraint. But if India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of limited war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response,” he told the UN.

Mattis appreciates Pakistan for bring Afghan Taliban to their knees

An article in Indian-daily Hindustan Times by senior Indian analyst Bharat Karnad states that US Defence Secretary James Mattis has appreciated Pakistan’s indispensability as base for military operations to bring the Taliban in Afghanistan to their knees.

The former head of the US Central Command will visit India next week to would give hard-sell assurances that Indian interference in Afghanistan will be not affect the US policy to prevent the restoration of Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

READ MORE: Pakistan won’t be ‘scapegoat’ in Afghan war, PM Abbasi tells UN

However, Pakistan has insisted that India’s role in Afghanistan be restricted and complained about the Indian support for the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which has perpetuated terrorism in Pakistan.

Former TTP Commander Ehsanullah Ahsan who surrendered to Pakistan security forces earlier this year had also exposed the nexus between the TTP and the premier Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

According to analytical article, Mattis has requested that Indian moderate its support for the TTP which has put New Delhi in a fix as severing relations with TTP would mean surrendering an active card in Pakistan and a role in Afghanistan.

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