COAS General Qamar Bajwa to visit Kabul over issue of peace talks with Taliban: Afghan MoD

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KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Tuesday announced that Pakistan’s chief of army staff general Qamar Javed Bajwa is expected to visit Afghanistan in the next five days where he will hold talks with Afghan officials, TOLO News has reported.

According to the MoD, among the issues discussed will be that of peace talks with the Taliban. 

The Afghan government will reiterate its call to Pakistan to take action against terrorist hideouts and safe havens inside Pakistan territory, said MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri. 

Meanwhile, prominent Pakistani politician and chairman of Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaf party, Imran Khan, has said more violence, more bloodshed and more bombings in Afghanistan is not the answer.

He said dialogue was the solution. 

"I think Donald Trump's policy is deeply flawed. He neither understands the history of Pakistan nor the character of the Afghan people," Khan said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“To blame Pakistan for this failed policy and then giving credit to India for some reason which does not border Afghanistan …. If Pakistan army, government had any leverage with the Taliban then surely they (the US) should ask Pakistan to play a role in building peace and getting them to the dialogue table but not what they are proposing – more violence, more bloodshed, more bombing … I think Pakistan has done enough.”

"More fighting and bloodshed is not the answer. I said it 17 years ago and I am still saying this now," he said.

Meanwhile, Bajwa is expected to meet with senior Afghan officials in Kabul this week to discuss key issues – including getting the Taliban to the peace talks table. 

In addition, a number of Afghan lawmakers in parliament have said that Afghan officials should provide the Pakistani side with solid evidence that they support the Taliban.  

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