Commander United States Central Command (US CENTCOM) General Joseph L Votel called on army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ) and discussed the security situation in Afghanistan.
“[Speaking] with reference to the recent terror incidents and follow up rhetoric from certain factions implicating Pakistan, the army chief said blame game is detrimental to enduring peace and stability,” the military's media wing ISPR said in a statement.
Earlier during the day, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Gen Bajwa that those who recently launched attacks in Afghanistan “lived, were recruited and operated freely in Pakistan and no action was taken against them.”
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“The COAS highlighted that Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and colour and there are no safe havens inside the country to be used against Afghanistan,” statement added.
Gen Bajwa expressed his commitment to work in close coordination with Afghanistan and US Resolute Support Mission (RSM) for improved security environment in the Pak-Afghan border region.
In this regard, the COAS emphasised requirement of Pak-Afghan bilateral border security and intelligence-sharing mechanisms. “Pakistan supports and looks forward to and Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process,” he said.
He also highlighted the importance Pakistan accords to its relations with the US, particularly cooperation in counter-terrorism and regional stability.
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The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s successes in fight against terrorism and continued efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region.
Earlier on arrival at GHQ, a contingent of Pakistan Army presented Guard of Honour to the visiting dignitary. General Votel also laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada to pay homage to the martyrs.