Pak borders are secure, prepared to meet ‘any’ challenge: COAS

Parliamentary committees’ delegation receive briefing from military amid evolving Afghanistan situation

Statesman Report

RAWALPINDI: As the US withdrawal from Afghanistan enters its final stage with concerns of refugee influx into Pakistan following the Taliban's takeover of Kabul, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan’s borders are secured and the army is prepared to meet "any" situation, the military said.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief expressed these remarks during a visit of a delegation comprising members of the Parliamentary Kashmir Committee, Defence Committees of the Senate and National Assembly at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

The military's media wing said that the delegation was given a detailed briefing on the security environment including the situation on the borders and the Pakistan Army's efforts for peace and stability.

The delegation, according to the statement, had an exhaustive interactive session with General Qamar.

The COAS said that Pakistan armed forces, with the support of the nation, have achieved unprecedented successes in the fight against terrorism and bringing normalcy in the country.

"Due to our timely steps for western zone border management, Alhamdolillah today despite challenges Pakistan’s borders are secure and we are prepared to meet any situation," Gen Qamar was quoted by the ISPR as saying.

Alluding to the benefits of regional connectivity, he highlighted the importance of restoration of peace in Afghanistan for sustainable development of the region, it added.

According to the ISPR, the COAS reiterated the army's support and commitment to Kashmir cause and the people of Kashmir. "The world must know that without peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue, peace and stability will remain illusive."

The session concluded with a resolve to continue the struggle against violent extremism through a synergetic, whole-of-the-nation approach, the statement further said.

Earlier during the day, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had said that Pakistan Army is present along the border with Afghanistan to defend every inch of the motherland. "Around 2,690 kilometres of Pak-Afghan frontier has been fenced."

He said that Pakistan is a responsible country and fully capable of taking care of its national security and comes up with international expectations.