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Terrorism in Pakistan, Afghanistan equally painful: Gen. Bajwa

Terrorism in Pakistan, Afghanistan equally painful: Gen. Bajwa

Rawalpindi [Pakistan]: Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa recently told a senior defence official of Afghanistan that he grieves for Afghan victims of terrorism as much as he did for such victims from Pakistan, the chief military spokesman told a visiting delegation on Friday.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army Chief met the Afghan defence attache in London during his visit to the United Kingdom earlier this week.

ISPR chief Major General Asif Ghafoor told the Afghan media delegation that General Bajwa had reassured the defence attache that every Afghan was dear to him like every Pakistani, the Dawn reported.

“I am as hurt for every Afghan who is a victim of terrorism as much as I am for every Pakistani,” said the COAS, according to the ISPR chief.

The meeting between the COAS and the Afghan defence official came after the March 15 meeting between Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs, and Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar that was also held in London.

The meeting arranged by the UK was part of an effort to defuse tensions between the two countries over alleged terrorist sanctuaries. (ANI)