A leading Pakistani newspaper reports that army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa might visit Iran in the coming days to address reservations of Iran over the controversial military alliance. It says Pakistan has traditionally maintained a delicate balance in its relationship with Iran and Saudi Arabia, which have serious differences on Syria and Yemen. Iran believes that the Saudi-led coalition is not meant for fighting terrorism. Officials have said Pakistan has clearly told Saudi Arabia that its participation would be strictly for the purpose of fighting terrorism and that it would not become part of any campaign against any other country, including Iran. Opposition parties including the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are also skeptical of Gen Raheel’s role in the Saudi alliance.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said that fencing on Pak-Afghan border has been started and Bajaur and Mohmand agencies being high threat zones were the first priority in this regard. He stated this while talking to troops at Suran and Kalaya during his visit to Pak-Afghan border areas in Mohmand and Orakzai Agency.He added that Pakistan Army shall employ all resources required for defence of the motherland and security of the peace-loving Pakistani tribes.
Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Qamar JavedBajwa on Thursday arrived in China for a three-day official visit and meet Chinese leadership where both sides agreed to continue and further increase their military to military cooperation. According to the ISPR, the Army chief held meetings at Beijing with Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, Vice Chairman Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong, Chief of Joint Services Department Genera Fang Funghui and Commander People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Li Zuocheng.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday directed to launch grand operation against terrorists in south Punjab. According to the ARY News, the army chief said the operation would be carried out after taking the Punjab government into confidence. Chairing a high-level military meeting in Lahore, he said “Operation against terrorists should be expedited” he said. The meeting was briefed on the tragic incident of Mall Road suicide blast attack. As per the report, the meeting decided to launch the crackdown against those banned outfits working with different names. Intelligence-based operations would be escalated and combing operations would be sped.