Plans to ‘isolate Pakistan’ failed, says army chief Bajwa
The Pakistani military’s media arm quoted Bajwa as saying that terrorism is affecting the whole world and requires a “collective response approach” to counter it.Updated: Apr 01, 2017 15:53 IST
Pakistani Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa took a thinly veiled jab at India on Friday, saying countries that wished to “isolate Pakistan” should see that it is “valued and honoured” by allies.
Bajwa made his remarks at the National Counter Terrorism Centre Pabbi near Mangla, where the armies of China, Indonesia, Jordon, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Thailand and the UK are participating in the second edition of the Pakistan Army team spirit competition.
The world acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in combating terrorism, Gen Bajwa said while addressing foreign delegates..
“Those who propagate to isolate Pakistan should see how Pakistan is actually valued and honoured by our global friends,” Bajwa said.
“Your presence here is the evidence.”
The Pakistani military’s media arm quoted Bajwa as saying that terrorism is affecting the whole world and requires a “collective response approach” to counter it.
India has been pushing for the diplomatic isolation of Pakistan in the world stage, in the wake of several terror attacks originating from its soil.
Earlier in March, home minister Rajnath Singh called for countries and state-supported groups which violate the definition of terrorism as prescribed by the United Nations to be punished by the international community.
The Pakistan Army team spirit competition, to be held on April 1-5, tests survival skills and physical endurance and includes 23 field events that focus on counter-terrorism operations.
Pakistan has suffered a number of terror attacks this year, with the latest carried out by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar — a faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan — on Friday, which targeted a Shia mosque in Parachinar town and killed 22 people and injured nearly 70 others.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Mar 31, 2017 21:26 IST