Hot line contact between Pakistan, Afghanistan established: ISPR

First call has already been made using the hot line

Afp December 30, 2015
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on December 27, 2015. PHOTO: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan have established a hotline between their respective military commanders and made first contact Wednesday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Director General ISPR Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter that the direct line between the military commanders of the two countries was agreed during a visit to Kabul Sunday by the country's powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif.

"Hot line established between DGMOs (Director Generals of military operations) of both countries. First contact/call just made," Bajwa tweeted.

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During the first ever contact over the hotline, the DGMOs also discussed about enhancing coordination along the border.

The Pakistan army chief's visit to Kabul follows talks between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over recent weeks that sought to pave the way for a Islamabad-brokered peace process between Taliban and Afghan government.

Afghanistan sees Pakistan's support as vital to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Pakistan hosted a milestone first round of talks in July but the negotiations stalled when the Taliban belatedly confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar.

Ghani has recently pushed to strengthen ties with Pakistan -- the Taliban's historic backers -- in a desperate bid to restart the talks as the insurgency expands.

Afghan forces are currently battling to push out Taliban insurgents who seized large swathes of the key opium-rich district of Sangin in southern Helmand province.

Observers say the intensifying insurgency highlights a push by the militants to seize more territory in a bid to wrangle greater concessions during talks.

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Last Word | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend India too has a hot line with Pakistan and also extended its hand of friendship with PM and FM visits to Pakistan but there is no let up in export of assets to India. Today morning, Indian security forces killed two LeT terrorists in Kashmir. Best of luck to Afghanistan.
Zahid | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Pakistan welcome DGMO contact, it's good sign hope peace will be successful more stability in this region
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