General Qamar Javed Bajwa reaches Afghanistan

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reached Afghanistan where he is set to meet Afghan officials including President Ashraf Ghani.

However, there was no word on what was to be discussed between the two.

The visit came after US President Biden announced that all American troops from Afghanistan would be withdrawn over the coming months, completing the military exit by the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that drew the United States into its longest war.

Officially, there are 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, although the number fluctuates and is currently about 1,000 more than that. There are also up to an additional 7,000 foreign forces in the coalition there, the majority of them NATO troops.

Earlier the day, Chief of Defence Staff United Kingdom Army General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter Monday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters and discussed developments in the Afghan peace process.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), matters of mutual interests and regional security situation came under discussion during the meeting.

Furthermore, measures to further enhance bilateral and defence cooperation were also discussed in the meeting.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts for peace and stability in the region, especially the Afghan peace process.

The British General also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for peace in the region.

On the occasion, the COAS offered his condolences on the sad demise of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and said that the world has lost a highly respected friend.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Pakistan Army greatly values its friendly relations with the UK. 

 

 

 

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