Afghan, Pak militaries make first contact through hotline
"Pursuing decision in General Raheel Sharif's visit to Afghanistan, a hot line is established between Director General Military Operations (DGMO) of the two countries on Wednesday through a mutual agreement between the two countries, the Pakistan military said.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa said on Twitter that the first contact was made on Wednesday and the two DGMOs discussed defence related issues, modalities, dates of meetings between the Corps Commanders of the two sides and measures to enhance coordination along the border.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had visited Afghanistan and met Afghan President and Chief Executive on December 27.
Gen. Raheel and Afghan dignitaries agreed to jointly counter the terrorism threat and vowed not to allow use of their respective soil against each other through active intelligence sharing and Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs).
Emphasising the need to improve bilateral relations it was decided to establish a hotline contact between the DGMOs of both countries.
The two sides also agreed to resume the peace process with a mutually agreed quadrilateral framework including China and United States (US).
Meanwhile, the adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, said that the rise of Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan “is a point of concern for Pakistan.”
He said Afghan Taliban will have to shut down their subversive activities if they want the peace talks to happen and succeed. “It's also the condition set by Afghan government," he added.
Aziz further announced that a meeting of the quadrilateral committee comprising the senior diplomatic representatives from US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan is called on January 10 in Islamabad to discuss the Afghan reconciliation process.
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