Planning the ‘endgame’: Kayani meets NATO chief in Afghanistan

Published: November 26, 2011

Talks aimed at improving coordination between Pakistan, ISAF and Afghan forces.

ISLAMABAD: 

The head of the Pakistan Army met the head of Nato’s Afghan forces on Friday, in yet another sign that previously damaged ties between the military establishments of Pakistan and the US are healing.

General John Allen, Commander International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), met General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to discuss measures to strengthen security at the Pak-Afghan border.

“The visiting dignitary remained with him for some time and discussed measures concerning coordination, communication and procedures between the Pakistan army, Isaf and the Afghan army, aimed at enhancing border control on both sides,” said a brief statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

A military official confirmed that the talks were focused on improving the level of cooperation and coordination between the Pakistani, American and Afghan forces operating on both sides of the border.

The sides are in fact working to bring back counter-terrorism cooperation to the level it was at prior to the Abbottabad raid conducted by US Navy SEALs which killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in early May.

The top secret operation severely strained relations between the key allies in the battle against militancy. However, the relationship has been gradually improving between the two countries since the high-level visit last month by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton was unusually accompanied by the US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff and the head of the CIA to discuss the ‘blueprint’ for the Afghan endgame.

During the visit, Pakistan and the US agreed to take fresh measures on both sides of the Afghan border to stop movements of militants and cross border attacks.

“There has been considerable improvement on that front,” said the official requesting anonymity.

The visit of the top US commander comes just after the conclusion of counter-terrorism exercises between Pakistan and China. These were the biggest ever counter-terrorism exercises between the regional allies.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2011. 

Reader Comments (5)

  • Yousaf
    Nov 26, 2011 - 11:34AM

    On one hand, these guys are talking about the ‘End Game’ and on the other side, our borders are being shelled by NATO at about the same time. Am I missing something or is it us who are the ‘End Game’?

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  • hedgefunder
    Nov 26, 2011 - 1:02PM

    @Yousaf:
    Yes you are quite right, i think this is possibly the end game for Pakistani Army and their adventures in Afghanistan too.

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  • Omar
    Nov 26, 2011 - 3:47PM

    This is a related story to your current Headline of NATO attack …. PAK stopping trucks ….. and of course Mullah Omar is in there as well related somehow. All the stories are inter-linked.

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  • antanu
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:27AM

    @hedgefunder:
    you appear to be day dreaming my dear….talk senses…worlds sixth largest military can not be wiped out…be reasonable

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  • hedgefunder
    Nov 28, 2011 - 2:01PM

    @antanu:
    Where did i say “wipe out” ??
    You may be sixth largest Army in the world but that does not simply mean that it functions !!!
    Don’t believe everything you read about your army as their track record in battlefield is very poor over last 50 years !!!

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