Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif to visit Kabul on Sunday


KABUL :  The Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif will visit Kabul on 27th December to meet with the Afghan officials ,it has been reported.

A spokesman for the Pakistani military media wing Asim Bajwa said “During his day-long visit the army chief will hold meetings with senior political and military leadership of Afghanistan.”

No further details have been given regarding the agenda of Gen. Sharif’s visit to Kabul, however it is expected talks will be held on the Afghan peace process with the Taliban group.

This comes as the Afghan and Pakistani leadership discussed the stalled Afghan peace talks during the Heart of Asia conference in the capital city of Pakistan earlier this month.

Pakistan facilitated the first round of direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban group in Islamabad this year but the second round of the talks scheduled in July failed with the disclosure of the death of Taliban founder and supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Tensions between Kabul and Islamabad also escalated following a series of deadly attacks across the country and capital Kabul as Taliban launched their summer offensive this year, with Afghan officials slamming Islamabad for sheltering the anti-government armed militants in their soil from where they coordinate and execute attacks in Afghanistan.

Ahead of his visit to Islamabad for the Heart of Asia conference, President Ghani said negotiations with Pakistan would be more effective than sitting-in for peace talks with the Taliban group.

President Ghani further added that the policy of the Afghan government is clear and reiterated his last year’s remarks, saying that Afghanistan is engaged in an undeclared war with Pakistan during the past 14 years.


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