Pakistan Army chief to visit Kabul

Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javid Bajwa is expected to visit Kabul on Tuesday for talks with Afghan officials including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Tolonews reported

According to officials Bajwa will lead a delegation of high-ranking Pakistani officials.

This comes after Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday said that Islamabad and Kabul will be working together to draft a comprehensive strategy for establishing peace in Afghanistan.

Hussain made the remarks at a session of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, according to Pakistan Today.

The report said Hussain talked about relations with Afghanistan and that “Pakistan and Afghanistan are working on a comprehensive strategy on a bilateral basis to establish peace in Afghanistan,” adding that “ceasefire in Afghanistan is a positive sign for regional peace.”

He further stated, “peace and stability in Afghanistan is our common objective and Pakistan is playing its due role in this regard.”

On Monday, officials confirmed Pakistan and Afghanistan had agreed to deploy liaison officers in each other’s capital and establish coordination centers along the border to share intelligence on militant suspects.

The director generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries met in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi to explore ways for further cooperation in security areas.

Officials said both sides agreed to deploy liaison officers and establish Ground Coordination Centers (GCCs) for intelligence sharing and to monitor cross-border movement of the militants.

According to Xinhua, liaison officers will share information they receive about the presence and activities of militant suspects and will accompany the security officials during raids against the suspects.

GCCs will be established at Torkham and Chaman, two main crossing points between Pakistan and Afghanistan to monitor the cross-border movement of the militant suspects



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