ISLAMABAD, Sept 5: The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC), Gen Tariq Majid, has condemned attacks by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) inside Pakistan.

He termed the attacks “callous and wanton”, saying that such cross-border strikes would further alienate the locals and ultimately prove to be counterproductive.

He was talking to German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung at the Joint Staff Headquarters. He said Pakistan reserved the right to “appropriately retaliate”.

The German minister exchanged views with the JCSC chairman focussing on bilateral ties and the regional security environment. Gen Tariq reiterated that a stable Afghanistan was in the interest of the region as well as Pakistan.

He accused the Afghan leadership of slandering Pakistan only to cover up its failings.

Blaming Pakistan’s intelligence agencies for recent killings of foreign nationals in Afghanistan was a case in point, he added.

Gen Tariq appreciated Germany’s “pragmatism” in dealing with the security situation in Afghanistan.

Mr Jung appreciated the pivotal role of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and its invaluable support to forces operating in Afghanistan.

The German minister also called on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The prime minister observed the German government’s decision to allow export of small arms would strengthen Pakistan’s hand in the fight against terror.

Mr Gilani said that Pakistan is firmly committed to fighting terrorism. He briefed the German defence minister about Pakistan’s three-pronged strategy.

He called on the allied forces to desist from undertaking attacks on Pakistan’s territory as it led to sympathy for militants.

Opinion

Capacity for cruelty
04 Aug 2021

Capacity for cruelty

Those who believe in the human capacity to eschew cruelty are believed to be stupid and naïve.
Education crisis
Updated 04 Aug 2021

Education crisis

It is imperative to avoid measures that could further dent an already weak and vulnerable school system.
Off the planet
04 Aug 2021

Off the planet

Billionaires are yet to match the accomplishments of 60 years ago.
Films and reality
03 Aug 2021

Films and reality

It is hard to remember if films ever glamorised the relationship between first cousins.

Editorial

PML-N’s dilemma
Updated 04 Aug 2021

PML-N’s dilemma

The road ahead for the PML-N is going to be long and bumpy no matter which narrative it follows.
04 Aug 2021

Attacks on cops

AMIDST cautious optimism that Pakistan may be finally beginning to achieve success in bringing the number of polio...
04 Aug 2021

Myanmar about-face

SIX months into the coup that sent Myanmar’s hybrid civ-mil government packing, the generals have made their...
03 Aug 2021

Changing GB’s status

THE government’s plans to accord a provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan are progressing steadily and...
Taliban assault
03 Aug 2021

Taliban assault

Intra-Afghan peace talks should be promoted, but the global community must be ready for the imminent collapse of the Afghan state.
03 Aug 2021

Cancelling Aurat March

THE cancellation of Aurat March Faisalabad is exactly one of those ‘isolated incidents’ which, when viewed...