Army Chiefs Of Four Countries Meet In Kabul


He stated that collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan is ready to play its part.

The army chief made these remarks while attending Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference held at Kabul today (Tuesday).

Gen Bajwa told the conference that Pakistan had eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil, according to the ISPR statement.

Kabul is hosting military chiefs from several neighboring countries for a conference to plot a course on how to deal with escalating terrorism in the region.

"We have the shared interest of preventing Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for terrorism", said the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, according to a statement by the Resolute Support mission.

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The army chief once again assured that the Pakistani territory would not be used against any other country.

The letter, released by the Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, comes amid deteriorating conditions for U.S. and Afghan coalition forces on the battlefield and after a month in which two major Taliban assaults on Kabul killed 150 civilians.

The delegation held talks with Pakistani leadership on security cooperation amid the highly volatile security situation in their country.

Pakistan has urged Afghanistan to stop the blame game and asked for its co-operation in combating terrorism.

A more aggressive American strategy in Afghanistan including a surge in air strikes introduced by President Donald Trump in August a year ago has pushed the Taliban back from several district centres and two provincial capitals.

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Shedding light on the meeting, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had stressed the need to resolve Pak-Afghan issues bilaterally and said Pakistan "stands with its Afghan brothers in this hour of grief", referring to the recent spate of bomb-and-gun attacks in Kabul which claimed almost 200 lives.

Andrew Wilder, vice president of the Asia Programme at the US Institute of Peace, said multiple players in Kabul have contacts with the Taliban.

The parleys apparently could not make any head way because of Afghanistan's instance on immediate action against those who were behind the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul.

But the visit of the army chief suggests that the two sides are not giving up and still looking to find a way out of the current impasse.

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