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Pakistan ready for assistance in tackling bush fires in Australia: army chief

Pakistan ready for assistance in tackling bush fires in Australia: army chief
January 10, 2020
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday reiterated the offer that Pakistan stands ready for any assistance in tackling the bush fires in Australia. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Australian Vice Chief of Defence Forces Vice Admiral David Johnston AO RAN met the army chief at GHQ. During the meeting, matters pertaining to mutual interest and regional security came under discussion. On the occasion, visiting dignitary appreciated role of Pakistan Army in ensuring peace and stability in the region and thanked COAS for sentiments towards Australia. Earlier, COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Pakistan would like situation to de-escalate and shall support all initiatives which bring peace in the region. COAS Bajwa stated while received telephone call from US Secretary of Defence Mr Dr Mark T Esper, said Inter-Service Public Relation (ISPR) Director General (DG) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor in his tweet. During the telephonic conversations, both the leaders discussed ongoing security situation in the Middle East. The US defence secretary expressed that US doesn’t want to seek conflict, but will respond forcefully if necessary. “We would like situation to de-escalate and shall support all initiatives which bring peace in the region. We call upon all concerned to avoid rhetoric in favour of diplomatic engagement. We all have worked a lot to bring peace in the region by fighting against terrorism,” the army chief mentioned. “We will continue to play our constructive part towards success of Afghan reconciliation process so that it doesn’t get derailed and region goes towards conflict resolution instead of new conflicts,” Gen Bajwa maintained.