Pakistani commanders call for early Afghan talks

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon’s top military commanders have welcomed recent progress in the peace process in Afghanistaninfo-icon, stressing an early start to the intra-Afghan dialogue.

At a meeting in the garrison town of Rawalpindi on Tuesday, the corps commanders hoped for an early commencement of direct talks between Kabulinfo-icon and the Talibaninfo-icon.

In a statement, the military’s media wing said the meeting -- attended by corps commanders and principal staff officers -- was chaired by Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.

Prospects for negotiations among Afghan factions brightened after President Ashraf Ghani on decreed the release of the remaining 400 hard-core Taliban prisoners who Kabul had earlier refused to free.

The participant of the meeting also reviewed the situation on the border with Afghanistan. There have lately been reports of clashes between Pakistani and Afghan forces.

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