Pakistani general killed in Zabul blast, Afghan media’s absurd claim stuns social media

  • The officer is "identified as Nawaz" only; ISPR has yet to comment

KABUL – A top Pakistani army officer and his security guard have reportedly embraced martyrdom in an roadside explosion in the restive Afghan province of Zabul.

According reports in local media, the land mine blast took place in the vicinity of Shahjoin district late on Friday night.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Gul Islam Sayad confirmed that they have received initial intelligence reports regarding the death of a Pakistani general, “identified as Nawaz” only, in Shajoi district, the 1TV News reported.

However, the spokesman added, the circumstances surrounding the incident have not been ascertained so far and it is yet not clear who was behind the attack.

No official statement has yet been issued by Pakistan’s military’s media wing, the Inter Services Public Relations.

Afghanistan’s Ghani invites PM Abbasi for state-to-state dialogue

The reports emerged at a time when Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua is in Kabul for talks on Afghanistan peace process with President Ashraf Ghani.

The Pakistan delegation also met with Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, and expected to meet CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

Both sides are expected to formulate a policy to work together and chalk out a way forward to improve bilateral relations and enhance cooperation.