COAS Gen Bajwa reaches Kabul to attend Chief of Defense Conference


COAS Gen Bajwa reaches Kabul to attend Chief of Defense Conference

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) has reached in Kabul, Afghanistan to attend Chief of Defence (CHOD) Conference, said Pakistan Army's media wing on Tuesday.

The moot, attended by the commander US Centcom, Commander Resolute Support Mission and army chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, concluded with a resolve to continue cooperation for peace and stability in the region.

"If the policy of using force is exercised for a 100 more years and a 100 new strategies are adopted, the outcome of all of these will be the same as you have observed over the last six months", the letter said.

Pakistan has been under increasing pressure from both Afghan and USA officials to take action against militants operating in the country.

Washington is also battling the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in the country, where it has grown in influence against the Taliban, particularly in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Pakistan's perception of its eroding position relative to India, reinforced by endemic economic weakness and domestic security issues, nearly certainly will exacerbate long-held fears of isolation and drive Islamabad's pursuit of actions that run counter to USA goals for the region.

Over the winter, Afghan commandos pushed IS-Khorasan seven kilometers from their positions in Mohmand Valley, allowing residents to return to their homes and farms, as well as degrading IS-K's ability to plan high-profile attacks on innocent people such as the recent attacks in Kabul and Jalalabad.

More than 16 years after the United States launched military operations in Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban's ally al-Qaeda remains a threat in the region, also notes the analysis.

Militant groups supported by Islamabad will continue to take advantage of their safe haven in Pakistan to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including against US interests.

In October 2017, Gen Bajwa went to a crucial visit of Kabul, where he held a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other senior civilian and military officials. "At the end of the day, the Taliban has no incentive to propose talks unless it's starting to feel major pressure on the battlefield".

The parleys apparently could not make any head way because of Afghanistan's instance on immediate action against those who were behind the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul.

Pakistan forces are now involved in fencing its long and mostly porous border with Afghanistan to stop the illegal cross-border movement of the militants.