Army Chief left for Kabul to meet President Ashraf Ghani on his invitation. Pakistan wishes to see National Unity Government and US / NATO succeeding to bring peace in Afghanistan.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 12, 2018
COAS leaves for Kabul to meet President Ashraf Ghani
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday left for Kabul to meet President Ashraf Ghani, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The invitation was extended by the Afghan president, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted.
“Pakistan wishes to see [the] National Unity Government and US/ NATO succeeding to bring peace in Afghanistan,” the military’s spokesperson wrote on twitter.
Pakistan had reiterated its support for recent peace initiatives in Afghanistan on Saturday, after the Afghan government and the Taliban agreed on a ceasefire during Eid-ul-Fitr.
“Pakistan wishes to reiterate its support of recent peace initiatives in Afghanistan,” a spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Office had said in a statement.
“We particularly support all Afghan-owned and Afghan-led efforts aimed at bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.”
The spokesman had further said: “We also wish our Afghan brothers and sisters a peaceful and blessed month of Ramazan and a happy Eid.”
Afghanistan announced Thursday a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid though operations against other groups including Daesh (Islamic State) would continue.
The ceasefire will last “from the 27th of Ramazan until the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr,” President Ashraf Ghani had tweeted from an official account, indicating it could run from June 12-19.
The Taliban also on Saturday announced a three-day ceasefire with Afghan security forces for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramazan, though they said operations against “foreign occupiers” would continue.
But the group warned its fighters would “strongly defend” themselves if attacked, according to a statement sent to the media two days after the Afghan government announced the week-long ceasefire.
This is the first time the Taliban have agreed to a ceasefire for Eid since the US invasion in 2001.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa left for Kabul on Tuesday to hold talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
ISPR Spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said that General Bajwa left for Afghanistan at the invitation of the Afghan President Ghani.
“Pakistan wishes to see a national unity government in Kabul and US/NATO succeeding to bring peace in Afghanistan,” military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations tweeted.
Afghan Eid truce ‘backed by Pakistan, China’
Earlier, it was reported that Pakistan and China have played a key role in brokering the ceasefire deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban on Eid, officials familiar with the development disclosed.
On Saturday, the Afghan Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire over Eidul Fitr, the first such truce by insurgents since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
The move came on the heels of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s statement, announcing unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban till the 20th of this month.
Pakistani officials; however, told The Express Tribune that the ceasefire between the Afghan government and insurgents were being discussed quietly for past several weeks.
Kabul has been pushing for a ceasefire with the Taliban as a starting point for the resumption of crucial Afghan reconciliation process.
The Taliban, according to the officials, agreed to the proposal only if China and Pakistan become ‘guarantors.’