Pakistan says COAS Gen. Sharif is going to Kabul with all sincerity
By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Sun Dec 27 2015, 9:06 am
Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif is expected to arrive in Kabul today and hold meetings with Afghan leaders concerning to the resumption of peace talks with Taliban, border security and bilateral relations.
Pakistan’s military spokesperson Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa says Pakistani delegation is visiting Kabul with all sincerity.
“We are going there with all sincerity,” Lt. Gen. Bajwa said in front of journalists at a social gathering.
The Pakistani delegation led by Gen. Raheel Sharif will discuss a date and groups of anti-government armed militants to have face-to-face meetings with Afghan government for peace.
This round of peace talks is also expected to be in Murree exurb of Islamabad where first round of talks took place in July.
The agreement to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban was reached during a meeting between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on the sideline of the “Heart of Asia” conference in Islamabad.
For bringing Afghanistan’s enemies to the negotiation table, Islamabad wants Kabul to act against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Chief Mullah Fazlullah who is responsible for some deadly attacks in Pakistan. Islamabad claims that Mullah Fazlullah is hiding in Afghanistan.
Government says it is ready to take risks but expect the same from Pakistan since it has betrayed Afghanistan on several occasions.
“We’re ready to take risks but then we also expect Pakistan to stand by us for the sake of the greater good,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said last week.