Pakistan, Afghan defence officials vow to stop terror activities

Islamabad, Feb 4 (IANS) Officials from Islamabad and Kabul met in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi on Thursday and “reiterated that terrorists on either side of the border will not be allowed to misuse their soil”.

It is the second visit to Pakistan by senior Afghan military officers in a week to explore ways for increased security cooperation.

The Afghan Director General of Military Operations Major General Afzal Aman along with his delegation visited the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi and met his Pakistani counterpart Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza at a time when military-to-military contacts have increased between the two neighbours in recent days.

“During the meeting today (Thursday), issues related to bilateral security and border management came under discussion,” an army statement later said.

Both sides also expressed their resolve to continue the interaction for better bilateral military-to-military coordination.

In another development, Afghan Intelligence chief Masoud Andarabi arrived in Islamabad for discussions with his Pakistani counterpart on information sharing and to boost security cooperation, officials said.

Andarabi was scheduled to meet Lt. General Rizwan Akhtar, chief of Inter-Services Intelligence, here, an official said.

The meeting was part of the quadrilateral process of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the US for reconciliation with Taliban.

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