ISLAMABAD -  Ambassadors and heads of missions in Islamabad were given a briefing by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chief of General Staff Bilal Akbar and other senior military officials on Wednesday.

The foreign diplomats were briefed on Pakistan’s achievements and challenges in counter-terrorism efforts, and combating violent extremism, unprecedented escalations of Indian ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and the Working Boundary, and the gross Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir.

Welcoming the participants, the foreign minister said that the briefing had been arranged to inform the diplomatic corps about the massive counter-terrorism efforts that Pakistan had undertaken in the last 16 years, more so the developments in the last four years.

A foreign ministry statement said the envoys were provided details about the success of operations Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad, which had eliminated terrorist presence in Pakistan.

It said details were also provided on how Indian belligerence and unhelpful posturing was distracting Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and how an active Research and Analysis Wing-National Directorate of Security nexus was verifiably working to undermine Pakistan’s internal stability.

The ambassadors, it said, were shown evidence of an Indian campaign of unprecedented ceasefire violations, provocations and insinuations including terrorism in the form of IED attacks against innocent civilians on the Pakistan side of the LoC and the WB.  These Indian activities constitute an unfortunate “new normal” aimed at destabilising the entire region, the statement said.

The comprehensive and detailed briefing by the civil and military leadership was appreciated by members of the diplomatic corps, added the statement.

BRITISH DIPLOMAT HOLDS MEETINGS

British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Nicholas Kay visited Islamabad for a series of meetings with the Pakistani officials, a British High Commission statement said on Wednesday.

The visit is the latest in a series of exchanges by British ambassadors and high commissioners to share perspectives and increase understanding of the region, the statement said.

It follows the visit of the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew, to Kabul in October 2017, it added.

During his visit, Kay emphasised the importance of Pakistan and Afghanistan working together to build a constructive relationship, which leads to greater security and stability in the region, the statement said.

During his two-day visit, Kay met a range of interlocutors, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif, Commerce Minister Pervaiz Malik, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and the National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua.