November 17, 2018

China’s envoy for Afghanistan meets Pak army chief amid growing US pressures

By Khaama Press - Sun Nov 19 2017, 5:07 pm

The Special Envoy of China for Afghanistan Ambassador Deng Xijun has met with the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa amid growing pressures by Washington on Islamabad to act against the terror outfits having safe havens in the country.

The Inter Services Public Relations, Pakistani military’s media wing, in a statement said “H.E Mr Deng Xijun, Special Envoy on Afghan Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) today.”

The statement further added that matters of mutual interest including regional security issues with particular emphasis on Pak-Afghan border management and counter-terrorism efforts were discussed during the meeting.

“Visiting dignitary appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan Army’s contributions and Pakistan’s sacrifices in War against terrorism,” the statement added.

The meeting between Ambassador Xijun and Gen. Bajwa was reportedly organized after the US CENTCOM commander Gen. Joseph Votel met with the Pakistani military leadership during his two-day visit to the country.

Gen. Votel reportedly pressed the Pakistani officials to step up efforts to eradicate the safe havens of the terror groups from the country.

The Afghan and US officials are saying that the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network are having safe havens in Pakistan from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

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