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Misperceptions & scapegoating must be avoided to counter designs of spoilers in Afghan peace process: Pakistan Army Chief

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RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has emphasized that being a collective responsibility, all stakeholders have to play their part positively for enduring peace in Afghanistan which is pivotal for stability in the region.

“Misperceptions and scapegoating must be avoided to counter designs of spoilers,” the COAS said while presiding over the 242nd Corps Commanders’ Conference held at Pakistan army’s general headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

In the Conference, the participants took a comprehensive review of the global, regional, and domestic security environment.

The forum was given a detailed briefing on the evolving situation along the Pak-Afghan international border, its implications on Pakistan’s internal security, particularly in the western zone, and measures being taken to tackle emerging challenges.

The COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed satisfaction over stringent measures being taken for ensuring effective border control as part of the comprehensive Border Management Regime and asked for a high level of vigil along the western Border.

Reinforcing Pakistan’s vision for peace, connectivity, and shared prosperity, the COAS said that we have made every possible effort to facilitate the Afghan peace process leading towards a negotiated settlement with utmost sincerity and will continue to do so.

Taking a holistic view of the multifarious security challenges faced by Pakistan in various domains in the evolving milieu, the forum underscored the need for adopting a whole of nation approach.

The COAS commended formations for maintaining high standards of operational readiness and providing sustained support to civil administration during ongoing national efforts against COVID-19, monsoons, and the national polio drive.

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