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Pak-Afghan border must be sealed-Pakistan leaders say

Pak-Afghan border must be sealed: CJCSC

* British Chief of Defence Staff calls on Gen Tariq Majid, Gen Ashfaq Kayani

Staff Report

RAWALPINDI: The Pak-Afghan border must be sealed on the Afghan side to prevent the cross-border movement of terrorists and the flow of weapons into Pakistan, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Tariq Majid said on Tuesday.

He was talking to United Kingdom Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup at the Joint Staff Headquarters.

The two leaders discussed a host of security-related issues, bilateral defence cooperation and the regional security situation, with a special emphasis on the situation in Afghanistan, as well as the ongoing operation in South Waziristan Agency, the ISPR said.

Gen Tariq appreciated the contributions of British troops in Afghanistan, urging the synchronisation of effort on both sides of the border and sharing of real time intelligence.

Stirrup expressed “solidarity and full support” to Pakistan, but warned against fallout in Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.

He later met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani as well.

The COAS briefed Stirrup on the ongoing operation in South Waziristan and the successful operation against the Taliban in Swat.


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