Chiefs of Defense Conference Held in Afghanistan

Pakistani Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa attending Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference in Kabul on Tuesday – ISPR photo.

Islamabad, MINA – The two day Chiefs of Defense (CHOD) conference involving chiefs of army staff from four countries and NATO began in Afghan capital city Kabul on Tuesday.

Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri told media that army chiefs from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and NATO Commander Gen. John Nicholson participated in the high level meeting.

The main agenda items in the security conference are boosting the fight against terrorism and narcotics. The conference concluded to continue cooperation for peace and stability in the region.

During the meeting, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan, a statement by media wing of Pakistan military, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“Regions develop as whole, not individual countries,” he pointed.

COAS reiterated that Pakistan has eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil, however, residual signatures of terrorists who take advantage of presence of 2.7 million Afghan refugees and absence of effective border security coordination, are also being traced and targeted through ongoing military operation “Radd ul Fasaad”.

He also assured that Pakistani territory is not allowed to be used against any other country and Pakistan expects the same in reciprocity.

He said that collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan is ready to play its part, ISPR added. (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)