Campbell, Raheel agree on push to revive peace parleys
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Top American and Pakistan military officials have agreed on the imperative of reviving the stalled Afghan-led reconciliation process.
The agreement came at a meeting between US commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell and Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi on Monday.
“Regional security with particular emphasis on coordination along the Pak-Afghan border and reconciliation process in Afghanistan were discussed,” the military said.
A statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said Gen. Campbell was accompanied by acting US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) Jarrett Blanc.
The reconciliation process that began in Pakistan in July was suspended after the disclosure of Taliban chief Mullah Omar’s death. There has since been a spike in militant attacks in the country and hostility acrimony between Kabul and Islamabad.
Although the ISPR gave no details of the meeting, a senior security official told Pakistani newspapers that the thrust of discussions was on how to put the peace process back on track.
Without naming anyone, the official alleged detractors were in all-out effort to undermine the process of rapprochement a permanent peace deal in Afghanistan.
Gen. Raheel renewed Pakistan’s commitment to facilitating the Afghan-owned peace process. In the same breath, however, he said that Kabul’s vitriolic propaganda against Islamabad was unhelpful.
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