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Pak hopes Taliban will fulfill its promise to protect women’s rights: Army Chief Gen Bajwa

By PTI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday expressed hope that the Taliban will fulfill its promise to protect women’s rights and not allow Afghan soil to be used for terrorist activities against any other country.

The Taliban on Tuesday pledged to respect women’s rights, forgive those who fought them and ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid promised at a news conference that the Taliban would respect women’s rights within the norms of Islamic law, without elaborating.

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During his visit to Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul, General Bajwa said, “We expect the Taliban to fulfill the promises made to the global community about women and human rights and not to use Afghan territory against any other country.” Will be done.”

“We have clearly and repeatedly asked the global community to play our part in an inclusive and fair Afghan process as well as in the economic sustenance of Afghanistan,” he said in his address to the faculty and cadets at the PMA.

General Bajwa said that Pakistan has paid a great price for instability in Afghanistan and despite its economic challenges, Islamabad has hosted more than 3 million Afghan refugees for more than 4 decades.

“Pakistan will continue to play its role for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” he said.

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Referring to the collective freedom struggle against British rule, Bajwa said that the people of the subcontinent should not forget that the ultimate goal was to secure a free, harmonious and prosperous region where all the newly created countries could live in peace.

He said that August is the month of independence and it reminds us of the unprecedented struggle and sacrifice of our ancestors and takes an oath to defend the sovereignty of Pakistan.

“After independence, we not only faced socio-economic and other challenges, but also defeated terrorism and protected the motherland,” he said.

Stating that Pakistan wants peace and progress in the country and the region, he said regional peace would remain elusive without a just and peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue.

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