COAS, Afghan envoy discuss border issues

2017-08-03 01:08:59 | nomi
COAS, Afghan envoy discuss border issues
COAS,Afghan envoy discuss border issues

 

ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa met Afghanistan’s ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal on Wednesday for continuing discussions on normalisation of bilateral relations.

“Today, met with Pakis­tan’s COAS Gen Bajwa for follow up discussion on range of issues, contributing to bilateral tension and how to go about resolving (them),” the Afghan envoy tweeted after the meeting at the General Headquarters.

The Inter-Services Public Relations said the discussions centred around security situation and border management.

The meeting was a follow-up to a meeting of operations chiefs of Pakistani and Afghan militaries on May 11 in Rawalpindi during which the two commanders had agreed to make efforts for building cooperative relations.

 

Moreover, US acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia and acting Special Represen­tative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice Wells is arriving in Islamabad on Thursday. Afghanistan will feature high on her agenda.

Dr Zakhilwal’s tweet showed that the meeting was continuation of previously undisclosed discussions for addressing the sources of tension.

Relations between Pakis­tan and Afghanistan have been acrimonious because of differences over dealing with terrorism and border disputes.

Gen Bajwa, had while chairing a security meeting in Lahore after last week’s Ferozepur Road blast, repeated the allegations that hostile intelligence agencies — a reference to RAW-NDS nexus — were using Afghanistan territory with impunity. But at the same time he offered help to Afghanistan to eliminate terrorist safe havens in the border areas.

Pakistan accuses Afgha­wnistan of allowing Pakistani terrorist groups — the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and others — that had fled counterterrorism operations here to establish sanctuaries on Afghan soil.

Meanwhile, Kabul alleges that Afghan Taliban and its ally Haqqani network continue to maintain sanctuaries in Pakistani territory from where they are sustaining insurgency in Afghanistan.

Mutual mistrust between Islamabad and Kabul is also impeding progress towards the settlement of the Afghan dispute. There have been mediation efforts by the US and China to resolve the differences between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The two have reached several agreements for managing their relationship crisis, but have been failing to get out of the vicious cycle of distrust.

A Congressional delegation that visited Pakistan and Afghanistan last month had mediated an agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan for conducting “coordinated, complementary” security operations against terrorist groups on their respective sides of the shared border.

.

Tags: #Afghanistan #Pakistan #

Latest News

What to Next

Russian foreign minister says US ready to continue talks

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday he believed his US colleagues were ready to continue dialogue with Moscow on complex iss... More

BJP keen to amend law on permanent residence in held Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Away from the attention that Article 370 attracts, some members and supporters of the Bha­ratiya Janata Party (BJP) are steadily pushin... More

North Korea defiant after new sanctions, rejects talks

SEOUL (AFP):North Korea on Monday angrily insisted tough new United Nations sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal, and warne... More

Does Trump worry you? US Muslims say yes : Survey

Survey finds Muslims feel out of place in society, displeased with their president, and are targets of discrimination. The early days of Donald Tru... More

DEATH TO ISIS:Thousands flood streets in furious protest to condemn terror group

Thousands of protesters chanted slogans against the militant Islamic State group Wednesday as they carried the coffins of victims of an attack targeti... More

China says restrained in face of India

BEIJING: China accused India on Wednesday of “concocting” excuses over the illegal entry of the South Asian nation’s military into C... More

COAS, Afghan envoy discuss border issues

ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa met Afghanistan’s ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal on Wednesday for continuing discussions on normalisation of... More

Apple removes VPN services from Chinese app store

BEIJING: Apple has removed software allowing internet users to skirt China’s “Great Firewall” from its app store in the country, the... More

IS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday and militants breached the compound in a complex hours-long attack claim... More

Saudi-led bloc opens emergency routes to Qatari planes

DUBAI: Four Arab states that have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar said on Monday that they have opened up air routes that Qatari planes c... More

83