Pakistan, Afghanistan will fight terrorism
'together': army chief
ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on
Monday that Pakistan and Afghanistan will fight their "common
enemy" of terrorism together, a statement issued by Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR) said.
Chairing a high-level security meeting at the General Headquarters
(GHQ), he said enhanced security measures taken along the
Pak-Afghan border are to fight the common enemy, which include
"terrorists of all hues and colour".
The army chief issued directions for more effective coordination
between Pakistani and Afghan officials to curb cross-border
movement of terrorists.
Gen Bajwa "also welcomed proposals from Afghan authorities to take
forward the mutual coordination for result oriented efforts against
Following a spate of terror attacks in which more than 100 people
have been killed, Pakistan had sealed its border with Afghanistan.
Authorities later issued shoot-at-sight orders for those found
trying to cross over.
The Pakistan Army on Friday night said it targeted militant
hideouts close to the Pak-Afghan border. The army reportedly
targeted a training camp of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar ó the banned terror
outfit which claimed responsibility for the Feb 13 suicide bombing
in Lahore and the Feb 15 suicide attack on the headquarters of
Mohmand Agency's political administration.
Earlier that day, the army had asked Kabul to take action against
76 Pakistani terrorists operating from Afghan territory or hand
them over to Pakistan so that they could be tried for their
involvement in terror-related activities.
After the Lahore attack, the Foreign Office had summoned the Afghan
deputy head of mission and asked Kabul to address Pakistanís
concerns about terrorist sanctuaries there. (Dawn)