Gen Qamar Discusses Afghan Peace with Ghani

Pakistan will always support 'Afghan-led Afghan-owned' peace process based on mutual consensus, says army chief

Gen Qamar discusses Afghan peace with Ghani, Abdullah in day-long visit – According to a statement released by the Inter Services Public Relations, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Monday that Pakistan will always support a “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” peace process based on mutual agreement of all stakeholders (ISPR).

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According to the military’s media arm, he shared these views during a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during his day-long official visit to Kabul. General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, the UK’s Chief of Defense Staff, was also present at the meeting, according to the report.

“Matters of mutual interest, current developments in Afghan peace process, enhanced bilateral security and defense cooperation and need for effective border management between the two brotherly countries were discussed.”

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The COAS reiterated that a peaceful Afghanistan means a peaceful region in general and a peaceful Pakistan in particular. “We will always support ‘Afghan-led, Afghan-owned’ peace process based on mutual consensus of all stakeholders,” the army chief added.

President Ghani thanked the army chief for a meaningful discussion and appreciated Pakistan’s sincere and positive role in the Afghan peace process.

Later, General Qamar also called on Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah and discussed matters related to the peace process.

Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid accompanied the COAS during the visit.

Violence has risen starkly in Afghanistan in recent weeks with the Taliban launching attacks throughout the country and a huge unclaimed attack taking place on a school in Kabul on Saturday that killed dozens of students.

Washington and other Western powers, in recent years, have acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to push the militant group to take part in peace talks.

Taliban and diplomatic sources told Reuters that Pakistan has been negotiating in recent weeks with insurgents to try and get them to commit to a ceasefire, agree to an extension of the US-Taliban agreement which stipulated forces should withdraw by May, and to continue to take part in peace talks at a planned conference in Turkey.

The Taliban announced on Sunday night that they would commit to a three-day ceasefire for Eidul Fitr later this week.


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