Islamabad to help Kabul achieve inclusive settlement, says COAS

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan is willing to do everything possible to help achieve Afghanistan “all-inclusive settlement which is vital for regional peace and prosperity”.

Gen Qamar made these remarks on Tuesday after a delegation of Afghan political leaders called on him, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday.

An eight-member Afghan delegation comprising Salahuddin Rabbani, Muhammad Younis Qanooni, Ustad Muhammad Karim Khalili, Ahmed Zia Masoud, Ustad Muhammad Muhaqiq, Ahmed Wali Masoud, Abdul Latif Pidram and Khalid Noor, according to the military’s media wing.

The army chief said Pakistan desired broad-based relations with Afghanistan during the detailed discussions over the prevailing situation in the war-torn country with the delegation.

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The COAS further reiterated that Pakistan stands with the people of Afghanistan, the statement said.

Afghan delegation acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s sacrifices, untiring efforts and contributions for peace, stability and socio-economic development of Afghanistan.

Delegation also expressed their views regarding way-forward for Afghanistan, the communiqué read.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that no other country is more desirous of peace and stability in Afghanistan than Pakistan amid an uncertain situation in the neighbouring country after the Taliban took control of Kabul.

He made these remarks on Tuesday while speaking to a delegation of Afghan political leaders, who arrived in Pakistan on Sunday to discuss the crisis in the war-torn country as the Taliban have seized Kabul.

Welcoming the delegation, Premier Imran expressed strong support and solidarity for the fraternal people of Afghanistan, linked to the people of Pakistan through immutable bonds of faith, history, geography, culture and kin-ship, a statement issued by the PM Office said.

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