Peace in Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan: COAS

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Casey discusses humanitarian situation in Afghanistan

Staff Reporter
Rawalpindi

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday reiterated the need for global convergence on Afghanistan for avoiding humanitarian crisis and coordinated efforts for economic uplift of the Afghan people.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations, Gen Bajwa was talking to Director to Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iran for Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office and UK’s Special Representative on Afghanistan & Pakistan Nigel Casey who him met at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

During the meeting, matters pertaining to mutual interest, regional security situation including the recent developments in Afghanistan came under discussion. The COAS again emphasized that “Peace in Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan”.

He said that Pakistan values UK’s role in global and regional affairs and we look forward to enhance our bilateral relationship.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in the Afghan situation, special efforts for border management, role in regional stability and pledged to play his part for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

The UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nigel Casey, who is in Pakistan for a three-day visit to Islamabad and Karachi, also held meetings with the National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, and Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Muhammad Sadiq to cover matters related to Afghanistan.

He discussed the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, for which the UK has already pledged £50m of funding for 2.5m Afghans, most of them women and girls, drawn from the UK’s £286 million aid commitment to Afghanistan this year.

Nigel also discussed areas of mutual concern, including inclusive politics, women’s rights, and the security situation.

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