Afghanistan on agenda as Pakistani army chief calls special meeting of corps commanders

198-Corps-Commander-ISPR (1)The Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reportedly summoned the corps commanders for a meeting a day after he returned from Afghanistan where he met with the Afghan President to discuss the issues of bilateral interest.

According to the local media reports, the meeting will focus on issues related to situation as well as the visit of the Pakistani delegation to Kabul led by Gen. Bajwa.

No further details have been given regarding the meeting with the Pakistani military yet to comment in this regard.

Gen. Bajwa, accompanied by a delegation of senior Pakistani officials, on Sunday arrived in Kabul for talks with the Afghan officials.

The visit by top Pakistani officials to Kabul took place amid growing pressures by Washington on Islamabad and the pressures continue to remain high on the country after the new US strategy was announced by President Donald Trump last month who strongly criticized Pakistan for the terror sanctuaries and groups operating from the Pakistani soil.

The media wing of the Pakistani military, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement said Monday that “During the meetings, issues of common interest came under discussion. Both sides reviewed the prevailing security environment in the region in general and the state of bilateral relationship in particular.”

The statement further added “An  exchange of views and perspectives spanned the full range of Pak-Afghan relationship. Issues related to long-term peace, cooperation against the shared threats, coordination between respective counter-terrorism campaigns to restrict space for non-state actors, intelligence sharing, trade and commerce, and people-to-people contacts were discussed.”

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said late Sunday that President Ghani during the meeting suggested that the working teams of the two countries should pick the next steps to sketch a framework so that practical steps can be taken bilaterally for the regional peace and stability.

He also added that a system should be established for the supervision and schedule of the commitments promised by each side.

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