December 14, 2018
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Islamabad seeks deployment of top army Generals in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Khaama Press - Mon May 14 2018, 8:31 pm

As the fourth round of bilateral talks between Kabul and Islamabad concluded in the format of the Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APPS), reports have emerged suggesting that the Islamabad is keen to deploy senior army officials to Afghanistan, apparently to pave the way for bilateral cooperation on military level to counter the existent threats the two countries pose from the terror groups safe havens.

Sources privy of the development have said that Islamabad is keen regarding the deployment of the top army generals boths by Pakistan and Afghanistan, to start from Embass level.

The sources have told the Daily Times ahead of the 4th round of the APPS meeting that the two sides will hold follow up discussions on the modality to deploy liaison officers (LOs) in both countries to share information about the presence and activities of suspects and to take action, a source told Daily Times.

The sources further added that the deployment of LOs, who will be military officials at the brigadier or colonel level, could be deployed initially at the embassies in Islamabad and Kabul for joint supervision, coordination and confirmation mechanism.

“If the LOs system makes progress, LOs could later be deployed at GHQ in Pakistan and Defence Ministry in Kabul,” a source privy to the Pak-Afghan discussions said.

The Afghan officials have not commented in this regard so far but the Afghan foreign ministry officials had earlier said that no major breakthrough has been made during the previous talks in the format of the APPS meeting, mainly due to the circumstances surrounding the fight against the terrorism.

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