A delegation of Afghan army
officials, headed by Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Afghan
National Army Major General Afzal Aman, visited General Headquarters
(GHQ) for a bilateral meeting with Pakistani officers here on Wednesday.
The meeting was held on the invitation of Pakistan Army to discuss
Pakistan-Afghanistan border situation. The issue of cross border
artillery allegedly fired by Pakistan into Afghanistan was also
discussed in detail.
The Afghan delegation was informed that terrorists having safe havens
in Afghan provinces of Kuner and Nuristan are the cause behind the
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan
Army only fires when its border villages or posts are physically
attacked by terrorists coming from Afghanistan.
To date, 13 such cross border attacks have taken place with last being in Bajaur Agency on August 23.
There is absolutely no possibility of indiscriminate fire by Pakistan Army on Afghan forces or civilians, ISPR stated.
Other border related issues also came under discussion.
Pakistan’s DGMO Maj-General Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmad thanked the Afghan
delegation for accepting the invitation to the meeting.
Both sides agreed on continuation of such bilateral interactions to
enhance bilateral border coordination and reduce space for detractors.
Nadeem reiterated Pakistan’s national stance that peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan.
The Afghan delegation thanked Pakistan Army for the invitation and agreed to the proposal of subsequent meetings.