Tehran, November 07, 2017 (PPI-OT):DG ISPR and Gen Staff Officer Iranian Army addressed joint press conference at Tehran, Iran today. Major General Asif Ghafoor DGISPR said following:-
Thanked Iranian Military and govt for hospitality extended by Iran during the visit on behalf of COAS.
COAS brought message of friendship and cooperation. General Qamar Javed Bajwa Termed Pak-Iran Border as Border of peace and friendship.
Gen Asif Ghafoor briefed Iranian media about Pakistan’s efforts, achievements and sacrifices in war against terror and towards regional peace.
Pakistan wishes peace in Afghanistan and supports all initiatives towards this end. We have done everything on Pakistan side of the border. There are no terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan.
ISIS is growing in Afghanistan as threat to region. A regional approach is required to defeat this threat.
Pakistan has taken effective measures on Pak-Afg border. Terrorists are likely to exploit friendly Pak-Iran border. Enhanced Pak-Iran border Security is in mutual interest.
DGISPR reiterated that Pakistan’s soil will not be used against any country including Iran. Iran has given same commitment.
Thanked Iranian supreme leader for his supportive statement on Kashmir. Kashmir is long pending dispute between India and Pakistan. Regional peace and security remains at stake unless it’s resolved to the aspiration of Kashmiris in line with UN Resolution.
Pak and Iranian Army leadership has agreed to continue bilateral engagements for enhanced security cooperation.
State of Pakistan has stated that our relations with Iran are not at the cost of our relations with any other country and vice a versa. We greatly value our relations with Iran which have a positive history bonded by history, culture and religion.
Pakistan Armed Forces are capable to thwart any threat with support of Pakistani nation. In Pakistan we say that prerogative of declaring Jehad rests only with state and Armed Forces are state instrument for its application against anti state elements.
Thanked Pakistani delegation for visit to Iran.
Acknowledged successful visit and supportive of suggestions made by COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Assured that Iranian soil shall not be used against Pakistan.
At the end of Conference, Gen Asif Ghafoor said: “The Pakistani delegation leaves Iran with positive feelings and strengthening relations.”
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