Defence ties to have positive impact on regional security

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is on an official visit to Qatar, has said that Pakistan Army greatly values its defence cooperation with the middle-eastern country. “Pak-Qatar defence cooperation will have positive impact on bilateral relationship as well as on regional security,” the army chief was quoted as saying by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) yesterday. Gen Qamar, according to a statement by the military’s media wing, met Qatar’s Minister of Defence Affairs Doctor Khalid Bin Muhammad Al-Attiya. “The minister appreciated professional standing and performance of Pakistan Army and expressed desire for increased Pakistan-Qatar defence collaboration,” the ISPR said. The army chief also called on Chief of Staff Qatar Armed Forces Lt Gen Muhammad Bin Ali Al-Ghanim, who acknowledged Pakistan Army’s contributions towards regional peace and stability through its fight against terrorism. Earlier, the army chief condemned the attack on army check-posts in Mohmand and appreciated the response by Pak troops to the militants. He said: “Terrorists are [a] common threat and must be denied freedom of movement/action along the border.”

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