COAS congratulates Afghan leaders on peace initiatives

Holds meetings with Afghan president, chief executive, US Commander in Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday conducted a daylong visit to Afghan capital Kabul and held meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and top US Commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army Chief congratulated Afghan authorities on recent peace initiatives, especially in respect of the holy month of Ramazan/ Eid, and wished that these steps gain more of permanence ultimately leading towards an enduring peace.

The ISPR said the discussions encompassed wide range of issues especially the ongoing efforts for reconciliation in Afghanistan, measures needed to check rise of Daesh and the issue of terrorists taking benefit of the porous border to indulge in terrorism, smuggling and drug trafficking. The COAS reiterated that it is the regions and not countries that develop for which peace and development remain quintessential.

General Bajwa said that having attained relative peace and stability inside Pakistan, efforts are now focused towards socio-economic development as a route towards enduring peace and stability. The COAS said that recently agreed Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS) is expected to bring more cooperation and coordination between the two countries. Referring to border fencing, he said this is an obstacle for checking terrorism.

Ashraf Ghani thanked General Bajwa for his visit and recent security initiatives undertaken for peace and stability. Abdullah also thanked the COAS for his APAPPS initiative. Both sides agreed that while results of the bilateral initiatives are extremely important but even more important is the continuity of the processes to achieve the end state objectives.

In his meeting with General Nicholson, the COAS said Pakistan desires that US/Nato Forces must succeed and leave behind a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

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