Pakistan to make all efforts to protect sovereignty of Afghanistan, but it expects the same: COAS
09 July, 2016
RAWALPINDI: Army Chief Raheel Sharif has said that Pakistan will make all efforts to protect the integrity and sovereignty of Afghanistan, but it expects the same level of commitment from the neighbouring country. General Raheel said this during his visit to troops deployed at forward bases in North and South Waziristan Agency on Eid-ul-Fitr, the military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said on Wednesday. He offered Eid prayers along with other senior military officials in the Shawal area and interacted with troops, reads a statement issued by the ISPR.
The army chief commended the morale and spirit of troops “fighting on the front line to protect their motherland”, it said. “As consolidation goes on and operational dividends are optimised for Pak-Afghan border region, Pakistan will not allow anyone to use its soil against Afghanistan,” he said and directed all military commanders, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to take concrete measures against violators. “Peace and stability along the Pak-Afghan border remains our priority, towards which we will commit all our efforts,” Gen Raheel maintained. He said that border management and dignified repatriation of Afghan refugees were important enablers for lasting peace. “Our efforts for peace in Afghanistan have been acknowledged. While we are committed to facilitate the reconciliation process with sincerity, commitment and resolve, we expect that Afghanistan’s territory will not be used against Pakistan.”