RAWALPINDI -  Pakistan Army spokesperson has said that there cannot be lasting peace in the region unless security and stability is ensured in Afghanistan.

“There was no terrorism in Pakistan before the Afghan war and our target is to take Pakistan to the pre-war peaceful era,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said during an interview to a private news channel.

“Peace has returned to the Pakistan and its future is prosperous,” he added.

“The International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) could never have defeated Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s support, the DG said when asked about US President Trump’s recent tirade against Pakistan.

In his tweet on January 1, Trump had lashed out at Pakistan, accusing the country of “lying and deceiving” in return for billions of dollars. He had also accused the country of harbouring terrorists and providing safe havens to them.

According to ISPR DG, Pakistan provided Isaf all logistic and intelligence support to overcome terrorism in Afghanistan. “Pakistan, with significantly less resources achieved what the security forces in Afghanistan couldn’t with all of their resources,” he said.

Pakistan, he said, proposed to Afghanistan a bilateral border control mechanism. “The issues at the border can be improved through better coordination.”

He said that Pakistan successfully defeated terrorism through Operation Zarb-e-Azb. “It was decided that the terrorists will not be allowed to flee to Afghanistan.”

“[On the other hand] India is still active [in perpetrating terrorism] inside Pakistan.” We have a perpetual security threat from the East, he added.

Maj-Gen Asif said Pakistan had restored peace on its soil and now Afghanistan will also have to do so.

the ISPR DG said, "Fighting war against terrorism was a difficult phase, however, we restored peace on our side and now Afghanistan will have to do so."

He said the Taliban had influence in seven tribal agencies in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), but the Pakistanis proved that they were determined [to eliminate terrorism].

The army general said that all operations Pakistan undertook against terrorists were different in nature from each other.

Giving example of Swat offensive, he said, "It was different due to population there."

The military spokesman said that they have sent documents to Afghanistan pertaining to the management of long porous border between the two countries. "If a mechanism is finalised then several issues relating to the border will be resolved."

The ISPR DG said that fencing on 2600-km-long border [with Afghanistan] had already begun and there would be significant improvement if the border was managed by the coming year.

He said, "Physically the war has ended, however the present stage is difficult. In this phase, we are fighting an enemy which is not seen.

We have to track down and eliminate that unseen enemy," he added.

The ISPR DG stressed that both Pakistan and Afghanistan needed to take measures for the sake of durable peace.

"For durable peace, some measures are needed to be taken by Pakistan and some by Afghanistan," the ISPR DG said.

He said peace in Afghanistan was imperative for enduring peace and stability in the region.

The military spokesman said peace and stability is the future of Pakistan and we are moving towards peace now.

In the perspective of CPEC, the dynamics of Balochistan are very important, he said and added, “Now our focus is towards Balochistan.”

Replying to a question, he said India has been engaged to destabilize Pakistan through subversive activities and arrest of RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav has vindicated our stance.