Border fence with Afghanistan meant for peace: COAS
General Qamar Javed Bajwa visits students injured in Peshawar seminary blast
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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday the fence on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Border was the fence of peace and it had been erected to stop cross-border movement of terrorists.
The army chief said this during a visit to Upper Dir in the Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Nauman Mahmood greeted the army chief on his arrival in Upper Dir and briefed him about stabilisation operations and border management in the area. The army chief praised the troops for their work on the border fence in the difficult mountainous region. He said that security of borders and the border management system reflected Pakistan’s commitment to peace. He praised the troops for their efforts for peace in the difficult area. He told the troops to stay alert keeping in view the recent terrorist attacks in the country.
Later, the army chief reached the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar to inquire after the people who were injured in a bomb explosion at a religious seminary in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa capital a day earlier. Speaking on the occasion, the army chief said innocent children were targeted at the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. And now on October 27, which Pakistanis and Kashmiris mark as a black day, the enemy attacked the innocent children of Pakistan, he said. He said that several children of Afghan refugees were among those who were martyred in the Peshawar seminary attack. He said the nation foiled the enemy’s nefarious designs in the past and it stood united to foil such designs once again. He said the enemy Pakistan was facing yesterday is facing even today. He said the nation defeated the terrorist mindset in the past and it would defeat it again.
The army chief said that he was visiting the hospital to share the grief of the families of the martyred children and teachers. He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan both had been suffering from terrorism for the last two decades.
The army chief said that terrorists and their facilitators would be taken to task at any cost. He said that Pakistan welcomed Afghan refugees and Pakistanis share grief and happiness of the Afghan refugees. He said that peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan is linked to each other. He said that terrorism has no religion; terrorists just want to spread fear in the society. He said the terrorist attack on the Peshawar seminary was in fact an attack on Islam. He said that innocent people at seminaries, mosques, imambargahs, churches, temples and educational institutions became target of terrorists along with law enforcement agencies.
He said that Pakistan has always strived for peace in Afghanistan and it would extend all out cooperation to achieve this goal. He said that Afghans in Pakistan would have to be careful about the designs of the enemy who wants to use them for terrorism. He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan cannot afford terrorism at this point because its consequences would be dangerous. He said that hearts of Pakistanis used to beat with their Afghan brothers and they are closely connected to Afghans even today. He said that cooperation and unity are need of the time. He said that efforts are being made to give a secure, stable and prosperous Pakistan to the future generations.