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Terrorism can’t be defeated by finger pointing: Pakistan Army Chief Bajwa

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has alleged that some regional players were avoiding their responsibilities in the fight against terrorism and instead hurling blames at others.

“Terrorism cannot be defeated by closing eyes from one’s own responsibilities and resorting to throwing blames outside as being done by few players in the region,” Gen. Bajwa said, while addressing participants of the National Security and War Course at the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad on Friday.

Highlighting internal and external challenges to national security, Bajwa said that a full spectrum of threat demands comprehensive national response and army is fully engaged in enabling that response in coordination with other institutions of the state.

He said Pakistan Army was committed to defence and security of the country and will continue to perform with support of the people. India and Afghanistan have blamed Pakistan for supporting terror outfits to carry out attacks in their respective countries.

Launched on February 22 this year, Operation Radd-ul- Fasaad (elimination of discord) is a Pakistani military operation aimed at deweaponising and eliminating the hidden terrorist sleeper cells across the country, besides ensuring the security of Pakistan’s borders.

The operation is aimed at eliminating the threat of terrorism and consolidating the gains of Operation Zarb-e-Azb which was launched in 2014 as a joint military offensive.

The army chief said terrorism has no religion, sect or ethnicity and that Pakistan has fought against this menace indiscriminately and shall root it out through the ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, according to a statement by military’s media wing ISPR.

His remarks were in an apparent reference to Afghanistan that recently alleged that Pakistan’s intelligence services helped Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network to carry out deadly Kabul bombing near the German embassy that killed at least 90 people.
PTI