Raheel discusses CPEC security with Chinese officials
Rawalpindi—Armed forces of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and Tajikistan have formed Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) to counter terrorism.
Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) Wednesday said that the inaugural high level leader meeting on Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism in counter terrorism by Afghanistan-China-Pakistan-Tajikistan armed forces/ militaries (the mechanism herein after referred to as the QCCM) was held in Urumqi, Xingjian Uygur autonomous region, China.
The meeting was attended by CGS Afghan National Army Qadam Shah Shahim, Chief of Joint Staff Department of Central Military Commission (CMC) General Fang Fenghui, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Pakistan Army General Raheel Sharif and First Deputy Defence Minister and CGS Tajikistan armed forces, Major General E. A. Cobidrzoda.
The participants unanimously agreed that terrorism and extremism are serious threat to regional stability and they fully appreciate the unremitting efforts taken by the militaries of the four countries against the forces of terrorism and extremism. They reiterated to cooperate for tackling these forces for peace and stability of all member countries.
It was agreed to establish the QCCM to coordinate and provide mutual support limited to four countries only in the fields of counter terrorism situation evaluation, clue verification, intelligence sharing, counter terrorism capacity building, counter terrorism joint training exercises and personnel training. It was also agreed that all decisions reached by the QCCM would be based on mutual consultation and consensus.
The parties agreed that the QCCM should adhere to the principles of UN charter and other universally recognized principles and norms of international law, especially those on maintaining peace and security, safe guarding independence and equality with mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. It was emphasized that formation of the QCCM was not targeted against any other state or international organization.
Meanwhile, Army chief General Raheel Sharif departed on Wednesday for a one-day visit to Urumqi, China to discuss long-term security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
According to the ISPR, the COAS held meetings with Chief of General Staff Gen Fang of People Liberation Army. He discussed military to military relations, bilateral security cooperation, as well as all dimensions of long-term CPEC security. General Raheel also held separate meetings with Xinkiang province Party Secretary Zhang Chun Xian.
Meanwhile, the army chief witnessed counter-terrorism exercise in Ku’erla (Korla), a training base of People Liberation Army.
“Exercise encompassed an effective neutralisation of a terrorists’ base in a remote mountainous region employing all the modern aerial and ground equipment and gadgets,” the military’s media wing said.
Earlier in May, General Raheel Sharif met Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and reaffirmed to work closely to complete CPEC and promote peace and stability in the region.—INP