COAS Gen Bajwa lauds Qatar's role for Afghan peace process

11:32 PM | 18 Dec, 2018
COAS Gen Bajwa lauds Qatar's role for Afghan peace process
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DOHA - Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Baj visited Qatar on Tuesday and held high-level meetings with top officials.

The military chief met Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and thanked him for Qatar’s continued support towards a negotiated political settlement for peace in Afghanistan.

The emir appreciated Pakistan’s efforts and the positive role being played by Pakistan for regional stability; both the dignitaries also discussed measures to enhance bilateral security cooperation.

The military head also attended the National Day Parade and met Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Naseer Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, according to a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Qatar's prime minister expressed keen desire to further diversify and broaden mutual cooperation, including security while the COAS assured him of Pakistan’s full cooperation in all mutual undertakings.

Moreover, COAS also congratulated Qatar Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Staff (Pilot) Ghanim Bin Shaheen Al Ghanim on a professional and impressive parade befitting Qatar’s national solidarity and progress.

COAS also met Minister of Interior of the State Sheikh Abdullah Bin Naseer Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

Let it be known that Qatar was the first country to host the Taliban for establishing their political office and is still engaged in the process.

According to sources close to the developments, US is trying to sign a peace pact with the Taliban swiftly to bring an end to the 17-year-old war that has affected Pakistan as well.

The US wanted Pakistan to use its influence on the Taliban for peace talks for which its representative Zalmay Khalilzad also visited Islamabad earlier this month.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan recently claimed to have organized the meeting between the US and Taliban and in a fresh tweet, the premier vowed that the country would be doing everything in this regard for a peaceful Afghanistan.