By Shahid Ali Butt
ISLAMABAD, May 13 (APP): National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua on Sunday said
Pakistan is a great and peace loving country which had always stood along
with world to contribute to global stability and prosperity.
“We all need to invest in peace instead of war. We want and we are working
with the world in a cooperative framework,” Nasser Janjua said this while addressing
an International Conference of News Agencies. Minister for Information and
Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb was guest of honour on the occasion.
The two-day Conference entitled “Pakistan – Media Opportunities and Challenges”
is being organized by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) to provide an opportunity to
journalists for a direct and hassle-free linkage to cope with emerging competitive
environment for news agencies in the world.
He highlighted, in detail, the different intriguing dimensions of Afghan conflict and
said that no love stories are born out of use of force.”Let’s, collectively invest in peace
and bring the closure to this perpetual conflict instead of wining it,” he added.
The Adviser also sensitized the participants over the regional security environment
and stressed that the US and the West should play a positive role in maintaining security
of the region which over a period has become quite fragile.
Nasser Janjua highlighted character and role of Pakistan in recent history and the
sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in on-going war against terrorism, saying Pakistan has
lost over 60,000 lives and billions of dollars in the war.
Nasser Janjua gave the delegation a detailed presentation on regional security
situation with a particular reference to focusing on how Pakistan, its people armed
forces, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and Intelligence Agencies performed
brilliantly and resiliently after 1979 and 9/11.
“Afghanistan is a story of pains. It is a story of injuries. It is a wound of the world
and also of region, which should be healed as quickly as possible,” Janjua told the
gathering which included delegates from around 15 countries, Secretary Information
and Broadcasting, Shafqat Jalil, Managing Director APP, Masood Malik, senior
journalists and staff of APP.
“Every investment has been made to win Afghan war, but unfortunately we
have not invested in winning peace,” he said.
He termed Afghanistan as “wound of the world as well as the region” that
needs to be healed, saying innocent people in both Afghanistan and Pakistan
were suffering since the Soviet occupation of Kabul in 1979. But now, he said
peace was the only way forward.
He said “I know how to fight. We are bold, brave, brilliant and beautiful
nation, we also know how to fight. But we believe in peace.”
Nasser Janjua said post 9/11 Pakistan stood with international community
and not with those who inflicted atrocious attack on United States.
On prevalent blame-game, he said,”It is a strange moment in our history
that the US and all others are blaming us that we are supporting the militants.”
He said “the Taliban accuse us of supporting the US and vice versa.So
both are blaming us, who’s right?”
The National Security Adviser said Pakistan’s location makes it a strategic
asset in Central and South Asia, having the ability to connect the markets of
Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia.
Pakistan and Afghanistan share a lot of opportunities and have common
economic future with a potential to connect to the markets of Europe, Africa
and rest of Asia, said Nasser Khan Janjua.
Janjua said unfortunately, children of Afghanistan have seen nothing but
war since 1979, whereas, Pakistan, after Afghanistan, is the most affected
country hit by instability and insurgencies,” adding that the people of Pakistan
want to see Afghanistan as a peaceful, prosperous and stable country.
The Adviser said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is only half
of the China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) dream, with Afghanistan being the
other half as it will connect whole Central Asia and Europe.
He said Pakistan is the only country that can multiply the regional
He said Pakistan believed that building of economic corridor was conducive
to promoting connectivity and shared prosperity of the entire region and added
Pakistan believed in cooperative relations with all its neighbours on the basis
of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.
“Pakistan, its people, Armed Forces and other LEAs have successfully fought
insurgencies and militancy, and good news is that terrorism is decreased while
peace is prevailing in the country,” he added.
The Adviser also spoke high about holding of Conference, saying “APP has
made a good endeavour for holding the event and inviting representatives of
foreign news agencies to share different innovative ideas in media related
domains and to portray true and positive picture of Pakistan, its people,
economic potential and country’s contributions in war against terror.”