Afghan army chief says Pakistan, Afghanistan to curb terrorism jointly

KAKUL, Apr 18 (INP) Afghan Chief of General Staff General Sher Muhammad Karimi has emphasised the need for close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan to root out the menace of terrorism from the region.

He was addressing the 132nd passing out parade of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul today.

Gen Karimi said our region has suffered from war for four decades but the objective of peace is very much attainable.He said there cannotbe peace in one country when the neighbour is suffering.

He said the region faces the greatest threat from terrorists and militants who do not recognize any boundaries and have no religious or moral values. He said terrorists are the common enemies of Pakistan and Afghanistan and we must ensure backing and support of our peoples in order to win the war against these non-state actors.

The Afghan Chief of General Staff expressed optimism over ongoing strategic dialogue between Pakistan and Afghanistan saying it will help achieve the objective of peace and stability in the region.

He said Pakistan Army is ranked amongst the world’s best armies and that he feels proud to attend the passing-out ceremony of Pakistan Army cadets.

He further termed the ongoing Pak-Afghan dialogues as positive to the integrity of both states saying that these will help to strengthen the relations.

Felicitating the passing out cadets, he lauded the efforts of Pakistan Army and showed his ecstasy while participating in the ceremony.

Moreover, he also handed over trophies and sword of honor amongst the outstanding cadets.

Gen Karimi is the first foreign dignitary to be the chief guest at the ceremony, which marks the commissioning of officers on completion of their two-year-long training course at the country’s premier military academy.

The Afghan army chief’s participation as chief guest at the passing out parade of the 132 PMA Long Course signifies a transformation in bilateral relations over the past few months, particularly defence cooperation which once suffered from mutual mistrust.