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Pakistan moves artillery to Afghan border

Published : Feb 21, 2017, 3:10 am IST
Updated : Feb 21, 2017, 6:34 am IST

Pakistan alleges that the group, which claims to be behind the recent wave of terrorist attacks, has found “safe haven” in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa
 Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Islamabad: Amid reports that Pakistan has moved heavy artillery towards the Afghan border, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday said “enhanced security arrangements” in the border region were aimed at combating terrorism.

After a string of terror attacks in the country, Pakistan Army has moved heavy artillery towards the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman and Torkham districts, the Express Tribune reported, citing security officials.

 

The move came just two days after the military targeted the camps of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Jamaatul Ahrar faction on the Torkham border opposite Mohmand and Khyber tribal regions.

Pakistan alleges that the group, which claims to be behind the recent wave of terrorist attacks, has found “safe haven” in Afghanistan.

General Bajwa said security measures along the border with Afghanistan were part of efforts to defeat terrorism which is a common threat to both countries.

Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said that General Bajwa chaired a high level security meeting at Army headquarters in Rawalpindi.

Mr Ghafoor quoted the Army Chief as saying that “enhanced security arrangements” along border were to “fight (the) common enemy, i.e., terrorists of all hue and colour”.

 

“Pakistan and Afghanistan have fought against terrorism and shall continue this effort together,” General Bajwa said. He also called for more effective border coordination and cooperation with Afghanistan.

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