No militant camps exist on Pakistani soil, COAS tells Munich Security Conference

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No militant camps exist on Pakistani soil, COAS tells Munich Security Conference




MUNICH: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Saturday told a military conference in Munich that Pakistan defeated al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban and other outlawed militant groups, and they can proudly say that no organised militant camps exist on Pakistani soil today.
The army chief said so while giving Pakistan’s perspective on global and regional security at Munich Security Conference in Germany.
General Bajwa said that terrorists have sanctuaries in Afghanistan, from where attacks are being coordinated against Pakistan.
He said that Pakistan is ready to cooperate for peace and stability in Afghanistan, however, stressed on joint efforts by all the countries to eradicate the menace of terrorism.
Expressing concerns over terrorists' presence in Afghanistan, the COAS said that Pakistan has undertaken fencing of its border with Afghanistan and that elimination of terrorism requires global cooperation.
"We can proudly say that there are no militant camps in Pakistan," he said, mentioning reports of Daesh (Islamic State) militants' regrouping in Afghanistan.
He maintained that the territory of neither of Pakistan and Afghanistan should be used against the other.
The COAS said that Pakistan has been implementing National Action Plan (NAP) in the war against terrorism.
He said that Pakistan is not just conducting military offensives against terrorists, rather it has also taken action against the financiers.
General Bajwa said the menace of terrorism was fought through joint efforts by the entire nation, noting that clerics from all schools of thought issued a decree against terrorism in the name of religion.
'Jihad can only be sanctioned by state'
In his introductory speech on 'Jihadism after Caliphate', the COAS said, "...the present jihadism is a misnomer. Jihad is a highly award concept that underlines struggle against tyranny of all types. Muslims are taught that control of self is the most alleviated form of Jihad.
"There is also saying of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that the best of Jihad is a word of truth in the face of a tyrant ruler. On the other hand, Qital (fighting) and the aspect of armed Jihad comes at the lowest end of the spectrum of actions and beliefs that comprise the concept of Jihad and can only be sanctioned by a state authority and nobody else," he said while addressing attendees at the conference.
General Bajwa, however, said that "there is no denying of the fact that a powerful concept such as Jihad can be easily misused for propagating extremism and terrorism, particularly as many Muslims world over are not only feeling alienated, but disowned, targeted and devoid of positive expression."
He said that same was true for the concept of caliphate, which is more of a "nostalgic response, rather than the actual possibility for most Muslims."
"In Pakistan, the notion of caliphate has not found any traction," the COAS said.
 
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This is just another way of trying to label Pakistan as a country sheltering terrorists to defame its reputation. Every sane person knows that Pakistan was of the first countries that stood firmly against terrorism and fought tooth and nail against terrorist groups. Pakistan has an very strong internal intelligence and won't make it easy for terrorist groups to form or sneak into the country from the outside.
 
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This is just another way of trying to label Pakistan as a country sheltering terrorists to defame its reputation. Every sane person knows that Pakistan was of the first countries that stood firmly against terrorism and fought tooth and nail against terrorist groups. Pakistan has an very strong internal intelligence and won't make it easy for terrorist groups to form or sneak into the country from the outside.
Really? Then where are those infiltrators popping up from? The overwhelming majority are Punjabis, and they are well-armed, and seemingly well-trained. There are videos (there used to be; I haven't looked for the last one year or so) of training camps and their activities.

Your defence of Pakistan is commendable, but more emotional than rational, if you will excuse my saying so.
 
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Really? Then where are those infiltrators popping up from? The overwhelming majority are Punjabis, and they are well-armed, and seemingly well-trained. There are videos (there used to be; I haven't looked for the last one year or so) of training camps and their activities.

Your defence of Pakistan is commendable, but more emotional than rational, if you will excuse my saying so.
Sorry but bunch of illiterate handful of Punjabis carrying rifles are not really to be called a group that really poses a risk to the security of the world stability. You have to agree that on a larger scale Pakistan has been fighting terror groups inside Pakistan and Afghanistan as well. Major groups like Al-Qaeda and Taliban. But ever since has not we noticed a dramatic decrease in armed groups inside Pakistan?
 
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Sorry but bunch of illiterate handful of Punjabis carrying rifles are not really to be called a group that really poses a risk to the security of the world stability. You have to agree that on a larger scale Pakistan has been fighting terror groups inside Pakistan and Afghanistan as well. Major groups like Al-Qaeda and Taliban. But ever since has not we noticed a dramatic decrease in armed groups inside Pakistan?
Going backwards, yes, there has been a dramatic decrease in armed groups within Pakistan; and, what you did not mention, yes, there has been a sharp fall in terrorist crimes against the defenceless citizens of Pakistan.

Again, yes, Pakistan has been fighting terror groups inside Pakistan and Afghanistan. But their fighting terror groups within Pakistan was selective; I can list the groups if you like.

I welcome these developments. There was a time when my friends would apprise me, almost on a daily basis, about the latest outrage, and those who had been impacted, losing friends and relatives to the carnage. Every sensible person is hugely grateful that these crimes have ceased, or at least, lessened dramatically.

The point is that this was selective; only 'bad' terrorists were suppressed.

On the other hand, the equally well-equipped and trained groups, such as Jaish-e-Mohammed, or Lashkar-e-Taiba, or Harkat ul Mujahideen were left untouched. Their leaders wander around and address crowds of thousands without a problem. Their trained people, whom I would have called 'separatists' if they had been native Kashmiris, or perhaps 'militants', come into Kashmir under cover of fire by the Pakistani Army. They are killed once they enter, their average lives are less than 60 days after arriving in the Valley, but they and their actions keep civil administration in constant turmoil.

Regarding world security, if there is one more outrage against India and Indian citizens, or security forces, or institutions, and if there is an uncontrollable upsurge of anger and indignation and the government retaliates against the perpetrators, do you think that there will be threat to the security of the world, or to its stability? Of what consequence is this discriminatory action, when the ones who are setting the borders on fire are left untouched?
 
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On the other hand, the equally well-equipped and trained groups, such as Jaish-e-Mohammed, or Lashkar-e-Taiba, or Harkat ul Mujahideen were left untouched. Their leaders wander around and address crowds of thousands without a problem. Their trained people, whom I would have called 'separatists' if they had been native Kashmiris, or perhaps 'militants', come into Kashmir under cover of fire by the Pakistani Army. They are killed once they enter, their average lives are less than 60 days after arriving in the Valley, but they and their actions keep civil administration in constant turmoil.
I will leave that our respected Pakistani members to shed some light on

Regarding world security, if there is one more outrage against India and Indian citizens, or security forces, or institutions, and if there is an uncontrollable upsurge of anger and indignation and the government retaliates against the perpetrators, do you think that there will be threat to the security of the world, or to its stability? Of what consequence is this discriminatory action, when the ones who are setting the borders on fire are left untouched?
Any armed groups outside the scope of the government should be condemned.
 
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No terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan, Gen Bajwa assures international conference

This file photo shows Pakistan’s Army Chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, during the handover ceremony in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Nov.29, 2016. (Pakistan Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)/Handout via REUTERS)
ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa highlighted Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace and stability while participating in the Munich Security Council on Saturday.
General Bajwa pointed out that his country had launched several security operations against terrorist networks operating in the region, adding that there were no organized militant training camps or sanctuaries in Pakistan anymore.
The army chief said that his country has done everything to ensure proper management of its western border and was unilaterally building a fence and hundreds of surveillance forts for that purpose.
He added that these steps were taken not only to curb militant movement, but also to facilitate Afghan nationals who visit his country for legitimate reasons.
General Bajwa also noted that there were several ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan that were exploited by militant factions in that country.
He maintained that there were nearly 2.7 million Afghan refugees in his country and their settlements were routinely used by the Haqqani network and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to recruit, morph and melt.
The army chief noted that Pakistan was fully committed to the international consensus that political reconciliation was the only solution to the Afghan issue.
“While we are actively supporting the new US strategy in the region, primarily based on a kinetic approach, we are not leaving any stone unturned to try and do our best in bringing the parties of the conflict on the negotiation table,” he added.
 

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