CPNE visits ISPR, discusses regional situation with DG Babar Iftikhar

A Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors delegation visited the Inter-Services Public Relations office on Thursday and met ISPR Director-General Major General Babar Iftikhar, where they discussed the security situation.

With the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, there has been uncertainty surrounding the journalistic landscape of the bordering country, and how that may affect the situation within Pakistan itself.

The ISPR apprised the CPNE delegation about the prevalent security environment in the wake of recent developments in the region and the consequent impact on national security. He also apprised the CPNE delegation on the situation along borders and necessary safeguards in place as part of the western zone border management regime.

The CPNE delegation thanked ISPR DG for the interactive session and apprising the senior journalists of the latest developments in the security domain.

Currently, the Pakistan Air Force is engaged in the provision of humanitarian assistance as well as facilitating recent evacuation operations from Afghanistan, which, along with other ongoing projects, have been appreciated by the army chief.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday last, while chairing a meeting of the Corps Commanders Conference, said constructive engagement and sustained humanitarian support by the international community was “imperative” for achieving enduring peace and stability in war-torn Afghanistan.

The meeting, which was held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, comprehensively reviewed the global, regional and domestic security situation, the director-general of the ISPR said in a series of tweets. It was informed about the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan, the security along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and safeguards put in place against various threats, the ISPR DG added.

The army chief expressed “satisfaction” regarding the efficacy of Pakistan’s border management system because of which the country’s borders remained secure and internal security remained intact amid the rapidly unfolding situation in Afghanistan.

He also appreciated the Pakistan Army’s role and support in the “overall and transit-related efforts undertaken in support of evacuation of foreign and Afghan populace from Afghanistan to other countries”.

He reiterated Pakistan’s firm commitment to peace, the DG ISPR said.

During the meeting, the forum termed close cooperation among all regional stakeholders necessary to establish peace and stability in South Asia.

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