Ghani, Bajwa discussed terrorist safe havens: Zakhilwal

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 03:24 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 82 times

President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa have conferred on Afghan Taliban activities and terrorist sanctuaries in the region, says a top diplomat.

 

Afghan Ambassador Dr. Omar Zakhilwal told a Pakistani TV channel the COAS had invited Ghani to visit Pakistan, The visit would take place at an "opportune" time, he hoped.

Speaking to Geo TV, Zakhilwal denied some Afghan leaders opposed negotiations with Pakistan. The president and all important leaders and the people desired improved relations with Pakistan, he insisted.

He saw no indication from the Trump administration of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations being sabotaged. In reality, the envoy believed, the US was encouraging good ties between the neighbors.

He praised Gen. Bajwa as serious and sincere about improving relations with Afghanistan. Ghani too was serious about sincere friendship with Pakistan, the diplomat hastened to add.

The Ghani-Bajwa meeting served as an “expression of interest” in bringing cordiality to relations between the two countries, he remarked, saying many contacts had taken place before that.

Zakhilwal acknowledged mistrust on both sides, urging Kabul and Islamabad to keep trying to overcome their trust deficit. "We should learn from mistakes," he stressed.