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Spoilers won’t not be allowed to derail Afghan peace process: General Bajwa

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RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the spoilers will not be allowed to derail the Afghan peace process, adding that it’s the responsibility of media and people to identify and defeat the spoilers of peace.

Talking to a 15-member Afghan media delegation which visited the Pakistan army’s general headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Friday and met him, the COAS said that media can act as a bridge to create conducive environment for promoting cultural/social and people to people engagement between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Alluding to the benefits of regional connectivity for the two Countries, the COAS highlighted the importance of restoration of peace in Afghanistan for sustainable development of the region.

The Army Chief said that peace in Afghanistan is Pakistan’s earnest desire because the peace of the two Countries is interlinked.

Referring to Pakistan’s comprehensive border management regime, the COAS said that the security of borders is in the best interest of the two Countries.

While appreciating the Pak-Afghan Youth Forum’s initiative for organizing the journalists’ visit, the Army Chief hoped for more frequent exchange of visits in the future.

General Bajwa said that the Pak-Afghan youth is the hope for future peace and progress of the region.

The Afghan journalists thanked the COAS for the opportunity for candid interaction and appreciated Pakistan’s sincerity and efforts for the Afghan people including hosting of refugees and facilitative role in the Afghan peace process.

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