Pakistan’s Army Chief visits Kabul to discuss intra-Afghan negotiations

In lieu with the commitment to encourage intra-Afghan negotiations, Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa went on a one-day trip to Kabul on June 9.

In Afghanistan capital city, Kabul, General Qamar Javed Bajwa met with both President Ashraf Ghani and the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah.

Abdullah Abdullah will lead the future negotiations with the Taliban under the power-sharing agreement shared by him and President Ashraf Ghani.

President Ashraf Ghani’s office issued a statement saying, “Both sides discussed the peace process and Pakistan’s support of the process. They also discussed that the soil of the two countries would not be used against each other.”

The trip of General Bajwa comes two days after the U.S. envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, met him in Islamabad to discuss the US-led intra-Afghan peace negotiations.

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan have long been accusing each other of providing safe havens to militants who attack their interests.  

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