Saturday, Apr 29, 2017

US NSA acknowledges Pakistan Army's efforts in eliminating terrorists

ISLAMABAD (APP): General H.R McMaster, US NSA called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Tuesday where he was briefed about Pakistan’s war on terror and its contributions to regional and global stability.

During the meeting, it was highlighted that distinguished feautre of Pakistan’s counter terrorism effort is focused against terrorists of all hue and colour. The Army Chief said that while Pakistan itself is victim of state sponsored terrorism it strongly rejects employing proxies from its soil. The US National Security Advisor acknowledged Pakistan Army’s efforts in eliminating terrorists and their infrastructure, assuring US support to bring peace and stability in the region and globe.

Earlier on Monday, the Prime Minister welcomed the visiting dignitary and apprised him of the efforts and initiatives of his Government, which have resulted in a marked improvement in the overall security situation, while also paving way for an economic turnaround in the country. The Prime Minister emphasized that the developments, which fully captured the spirit of “new Pakistan” were being widely acknowledged and appreciated by the international community.

He said that across-the-board consensus achieved by his Government to combat extremism and terrorism. And structural reforms in the economy have laid the foundation of a moderate, progressive and democratic Islamic Republic that is ready to do business with the United States and the world at large. He said that as a longstanding friend and a partner, Pakistan was looking forward to forging a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the US and to working with the new US Administration, to promote peace and security in the region and beyond. The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful neighbourhood and apprised the US NSA of the steps taken by Pakistan to reach out to both India and Afghanistan.

Sharing his concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the continuing impasse, the Prime Minister conveyed Pakistan’s readiness to work with the International community to explore ways in which the Afghan crisis can be resolved. On relations with India, the Prime Minister reiterated his firm conviction on sustained dialogue and meaningful engagement as the only way forward to resolve all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan including the Kashmir dispute. He welcomed President Trump’s willingness to help India and Pakistan resolve their differences particularly on Kashmir and noted that this could go a long way in bringing sustainable peace, security and prosperity to the region.

General McMaster conveyed the greetings of President Trump and assured the Prime Minister that the new Administration was committed to strengthening bilateral relations and working with Pakistan, to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and in the wider South Asian region. The visiting delegation included Mr. David Hale, Ambassador of USA, Mr. Laurel Miller, Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan & Pakistan, Ms Lisa Curtis, National Security Council Senior Director for South Asia and Mr. John Jay Wise, National Security Council Director for Pakistan.

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