Gen. Bajwa extends hand to Kabul against Daesh

BAJAKABUL: Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said a greater Pak-Afghan border coordination and security cooperation was required to contain the brewing threat of Daesh or Islamic State.

In the rare development, the army chief extended hand towards neighboring Afghanistan for “security cooperation” against Daesh while addressing tribesmen in Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram tribal region.

A media report quoted Gen. Bajwa as saying: “Threat continues to reside across the border in Afghanistan with ISIS [Daesh] gaining strength there.”

The army chief arrives in the Shiite dominated area after three different militant groups, including Daesh, claimed responsibility for latest suicide attack that killed over 70 Shia Muslims earlier this week.

“We need to remain, united, steadfast, prepared and vigilant against this (Daesh) threat, which has an agenda of exploiting sectarian fault-line”, he added.

In the past, Islamabad insisted that Daesh had no presence on its soil, in response to Afghan claims that hundreds of Pakistani Taliban fighters were now loyal to Daesh.

The network has claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks across Pakistan in recent months, including a suicide attack on a Sufi shrine in southern Sindh province earlier this year that killed over 80 people.

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