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Gen Sharif meets Afghan’s Ghani, assures support against terrorism

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Islamabad, Dec 10: Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was here to attend the Heart of Asia Conference, the media reported.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen Sharfi assured the Afghan president of full support in intelligence sharing, operational coordination and reconciliation process for bringing peace and stability in
The Afghan president, while emphasising on the need of enhancing bilateral relations between both the countries, vowed to work together to eliminate the common threat of terrorism.

“We are committed to work together with Afghanistan on the basis of mutual interest and respect. We should pursue a strategic relationship that is enduring and enhances the security and concomitant prosperity of both brotherly countries,” the army chief was quoted as saying.

Ghani, on the other hand, acknowledged the successes achieved by Pakistan’s armed forces in war against terrorism.
In his speech at Heart of Asia Conference, the Afghan President lauded Pakistan’s decision to launch operation against militancy, but said the action created unintended consequences bringing about the displacement of a significant number of militant groups on Afghan soil.

Earlier in the day, German Defence Minister, Ursula Von der Leyen and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also met the army chief at Rawalpindi headquarters.

The German minister discussed a wide range of issues including defence cooperation, regional security and emerging geo-strategic environment.

Ursula Leyen appreciated the phenomenal successes of Operation Zarb-i-Azb and paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Pakistani security forces.

The Chinese minister, Wang Yi appreciated progress of an effective, across the board anti-terror operation, Operation Zarb-i-Azb by Pakistan Army which helped eliminate ETIM (East Turkestan Islamic Movement) just as it eliminated elements of all other terrorist groups based in the area.

Back in October, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif also claimed that Pakistan has eliminated all members of the Uighur militant group the ETIM from its territory.

China blames ETIM for carrying out attacks in its far western region of Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur people, although many foreign experts doubt the group’s existence in a cohesive group.

IANS