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RAW spills blood of innocent people through indirect strategy: Gen Raheel

BERLIN: Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Monday said Indian intelligence Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) spills blood of innocent people through indirect strategy as he highlighted the challenges posed by the porous border that Pakistan shares with war-ravaged Afghanistan.

The army chief is in Germany to attend a conference of Chiefs of Staffs of the Armed Forces being held under auspices of US CENTCOM said.

“Porous Western border and existence of some exploitable spaces, inadequate border management that allows terrorists move, lack of synergy, coordination and institutionalised mechanism of intelligence sharing still remain our challenges,” he said.

He said these challenges were being exploited through confrontationalist and subversive approaches by hostile intelligence agencies like RAW that spills blood of innocent people through indirect strategy.

Highlighting the ongoing atrocities in India Occupied Kashmir, COAS said India is unwilling to address historical disputes like Kashmir that directly fan misunderstanding and feed into persistent regional culture of conflict.

In his address at the forum General Raheel Sharif highlighted the regional security environment, common challenges and way forward for the participating countries.

COAS said that Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts have turned the tide against terrorism in the country.  He said Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism both in terms of human lives and finances.

While elaborating the concept and success of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, COAS said that Pakistani security forces have valiantly fought terrorists upfront through and across the board, indiscriminate operation against terrorists of all hue and colour along with their abettors, financiers and sympathizers.

He said that with unflinching support of entire nation, terrorists’ ideologies and their narrative have been defeated and their sanctuaries and hideouts completely eliminated. “Our efforts against residual threat are still continuing, and can’t be entirely eliminated without optimum cooperation between neighbouring countries,” COAS said.

The army chief said “success of our counter terrorism operation is a common dividend which should be optimised and shared”. COAS also offered to benefit from Pakistan’s initiative and experiences in terms of regulation of cross border movement, socio-economic development of border regions and enhanced cooperation in terms of intelligence sharing.

General Sharif offered unlimited and sustained support to all participating countries in the conference particularly Afghanistan.

He emphasised that route to a peaceful and prosperous region runs through a stable Afghanistan, which is achievable through comprehensive and coordinated approach.

Beside the host General Joseph Votel, Commander US CENTCOM, Chiefs of Armies of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz republic, Tajikistan,Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, are participating in the conference.

Participants expressed their desire to improve multilateral military cooperation amongst their countries, in order to coherently meet the emerging security challenges and jointly defeat the menace of terrorism comprehensively.

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