Senior Afghan Military and Intelligence officials in Islamabad over counter terrorism talks

Senior Afghan Military and Intelligence officials in Islamabad over counter terrorism talks
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ISLAMABAD - A 7-member high level Afghan military delegation headed by Afghan Chief of General Staff General Mohammad Habib Hesary is engaged in talks with Pakistani counterparts on anti-terror cooperation and border management.

The delegation, arrived in Islamabad on Thursday, also includes high ranking officials from Afghanistan Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the intelligence National Directorate of Security (NDS), according to the Afghan Embassy.

For Pakistan army border management is one of the key issues being taken up with the Afghan military delegation.

Security officials insist that the outlawed TTP and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar use their sanctuaries in the Afghan border regions.

At least five Pakistani security personnel lost their lives in a series of attacks over the past two months on the border posts in Rajgal Valley in Khyber and Bajaur tribal region by militants operating from the Afghan side, according to the army.

Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal condemned the Peshawar attack.

“I condemn in strongest terms today’s cowardly terrorist attack on Peshawar Agriculture Institute resulting in death and injury of innocent students. Our hearts and prayers on this exalted day of Milad-ul-Nabi are with the bereaved families,” ambassador Zakhilwal said on his Twitter.

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