Pakistan’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat said over the weekend that solutions to Afghanistan's problems lie within Afghanistan and that there was no military solution to the current crisis, Geo News reported.
He said foreign “formulas” were unlikely to yield positive results.
Addressing a gathering in London over the weekend, which was also attended by senior military officers of the British armed forces and members of defense think-tanks, Hayat spoke at length about various regional and international issues.
Geo News reported he said instability and war in Afghanistan has brought great destruction inside Pakistan.
He said the problem lies inside Afghanistan between two opposing forces "and therefore the solution lies inside Afghanistan".
Without naming or mentioning any country or individual, Hayat said that "you cannot blame a country, an individual or a country and an institution for the failures that are collective".
He said there are no military solutions to Afghanistan’s problems but that Pakistan will continue to work hard for peace in Afghanistan.
"Pakistan has tried and will try its best to partner with all forces towards reconciliation between various factions so that there is peace and stability inside Afghanistan," he said.
He added: "A peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan but you cannot have a peaceful Afghanistan if you implant foreign powers which are not contiguous to Afghanistan or try and deploy a level of force which actually is counter to the requirements of reconciliation. Pakistan stands committed to trying to stabilize Afghanistan but we will play our role.
“We have cleared our area and we are in the process of building 900 posts alongside Afghanistan-Pakistan border, we are in the process of building a fence between Af-Pak border, we are constructing gates where there will be no entry without documents and identity will be proven either way. These steps are being taken so that no bad crossing takes place and we want others to partner with us on these accounts".
Hayat also said Pakistan has been fighting the war against terrorism for decades, adding that the people and the armed forces rendered unprecedented sacrifices to curb this menace. He said more than 200,000 Pakistani soldiers have been engaged in the war on terror, Geo News stated.
Hayat said Britain and Pakistan have deep-rooted military ties and both countries enjoy cordial relations at many levels. He said Pakistan Army, with help from other institutions and the people of Pakistan, has turned the tide against militancy and terrorism and as a result Pakistan is stable and has a better outlook than at anytime before.