NATO Military Chief praises Pakistan’s role in war against terrorism

BRUSSELS: The Chief of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO’s) military committee said that defense heads of member nations discussed the progress by the Afghan security forces and the need for continuing support. He said Pakistan is contributing in fighting terrorism and plays an important role to address terrorism in the region, Times of Islamabad reported

The current situation in Afghanistan was featured during discussions at NATO Military Committee meeting held in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As reported by US Department of Defense, Czech Gen. Petr Pavel,the chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, said the chiefs – including partner nations – also received briefings from the commander of the alliance’s Resolute Support purpose in Afghanistan.

There has been a visible change in the nation over the past year, he noted,the United States put its South Asia Strategy into place, and the alliance agreed to a larger train-and-assist effort in Afghanistan.

Pavel said, “we examined the basic, operational and political circumstance in and around Afghanistan, and in addition our key push to train,assist and prompt the Afghan security powers and institutions,” including that the majority of the chiefs focused on the persisting idea of the mission in Afghanistan and perceived the efforts made by Afghan security forces.

Along with the discussions on Afghanistan the NATO defense chiefs spoke about other challenges including those involving Syria and Iraq and Ukraine.

When asked about the Pakistan and US ongoing issues, Pavel said,”I cannot comment, obviously, on bilateral issues between United States and Pakistan but we are trying to influence all regional actors to coordinate activities towards better security and stability of Afghanistan. We had a representative of Pakistan at our meeting focused on stability.

They were contributing in a useful way and I am hopeful that Pakistani authorities are taking steps to address terrorism.
However, there is still room for improvement and we are working on it.

Chairman Military Committee NATO , General Pavel during a meet with Pakistani former Prime Minister in 2016 made his remarks that, “Pakistan is an
important and traditional partner of NATO. The scale of counter terrorism campaign by Pakistan is quite large with better results in this regard.”

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