Pakistan army chief shows concerns at Afghan security situation

Islamabad, Sep 7 (IANS) Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif on Sunday showed serious concerns at what he called the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and condemned those elements which frustrated the rare peace talks.

The comments came after a series of recent deadliest attacks in Afghanistan that led to the cancellation of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Pakistan had brokered the first ever direct peace negotiations, Xinhua reported.

“I must highlight that the aggravating security situation in Afghanistan is a point of serious concern,” the Pakistan army chief said at his speech to mark the country’s Defence Day.

Afghanistan put a stop on the Pakistan-brokered talks after Taliban carried out some attacks. The talks were earlier postponed after the Taliban confirmed the death of their leader Mullah Omar.

Pakistan was critical at Kabul’s decision to leak out the news of Mullah Omar’s death at a time when the second round of the peace talks were scheduled to be held in Pakistan on July 31.

“We have made concerted and sincere efforts for bringing peace in Afghanistan but certain inimical forces are bent upon undermining our efforts,” General Raheel Sharif said. He said nefarious designs of such elements will never succeed.

“We have strong historical and blood ties with Afghanistan and no power on earth can disrupt this relationship,” he said.

He said Pakistan’s national struggle against terrorism has played a vital role for regional and international peace, adding the international community acknowledges Pakistan’s extreme sacrifice and would assist us in this endeavour without any prejudice.

Raheel Sharif reiterated the resolve that the security forces will not relent until all terrorists, their financiers, abettors, facilitators and sympathizers are brought to justice.

About the Pakistan China Economic Corridor, he said it is of importance not just for Pakistan but also the entire region.

“Its completion is a national obligation and armed forces of Pakistan will fully play their part in bringing this project to fruition,” he said

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