PM Nawaz with General Raheel in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday departed for Afghanistan on a one-day tour following the invitation from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
The prime minister, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif together with a high-level delegation will be involved in talks pertaining to bilateral and regional matters.
On Monday, top civil and military leaders went into a huddle at the PM House to finalise the agenda for the Kabul trip. Sources said the participants discussed three key issues to be taken up with Afghan authorities.
Firstly, the delegation will get updates on the status of peace negotiations between the Ghani administration and the Taliban in Qatar, and the way forward. Secondly, the Pakistani officials will raise the issue of Indian intelligence agency RAW’s involvement in Pakistani affairs. Last week, top military commanders had expressed serious concerns over RAW’s involvement in ‘whipping up terrorism’ in the country.
Sources said that according to Pakistan, RAW has established many ‘centres’ in Afghanistan near the Balochistan border where it trains, facilitates and bankrolls Baloch insurgents to carry out anti-state activities in the troubled province.
Thirdly, the delegation will discuss the presence of Pakistani Taliban’s leadership in Afghanistan, sources added. “It will also update Afghan officials on Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the ‘across the border problems’ coming in the way of the offensive.”
Meetings are to be held between the Ghani and the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah and the premier.
Both countries are keen on building close cooperative relations with Afghanistan and this is said to be a vital component of the PM’s vision of a peaceful neighbourhood.
The visit is said to further strengthen bilateral relations and help intensify common endeavors in the pursuit of durable peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa took to Twitter to announce the departure of the high level delegation.
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