ISLAMABAD: National and international deliberations on Afghan issue are continued in Islamabad. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, according to a statement issued on Thursday by the military’s media affairs wing.
During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, the regional security situation and the current situation in Afghanistan were discussed, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
“It was reiterated that Pakistan remains committed to cooperating with its international partners for peace in the region and ensuring a stable and prosperous future for Afghan people,” the statement said.
The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in the Afghan crisis, including successful evacuation operations, and efforts for regional stability. He also pledged to play a role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels, it added.
This is not the first time the CIA chief has visited Pakistan.
According to the New York Times, Burns had earlier travelled to Pakistan for meetings with the COAS and ISI director to explore the possibility of counterterrorism cooperation between the two sides.
However, at the time government officials had suggested that he was firmly told that Pakistan would not host the spy agency’s drone bases on its territory.
COAS, EU Ambassador meeting
The EU Ambassador to Pakistan, Ms Androulla Kaminara on Wednesday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Pakistan army’s general headquarters in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), during the meeting, matters pertaining to mutual interest, regional security situation including the current situation of Afghanistan, and enhanced bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and the European Union (EU) came under discussion.
Speaking on the occasion, the COAS said that Pakistan values its relations with European Union (EU) countries and we earnestly look forward to enhance mutually beneficial multi-domain relations based on common interests.
The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistans role in Afghanistan situation including successful evacuation operations, efforts for regional stability, and pledged to play their role for further improvements in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.
The National Command Authority (NCA) on Wednesday asserted that Pakistan would take all measures to ensure strategic stability in the region without entering into an arms race.
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the 25th meeting of the NCA held here at the Headquarters of Strategic Plans Division.
All members of the NCA including Federal Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance and Interior; Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee; Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force; and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) attended the meeting.
During the meeting, NCA expressed full confidence in the command and control systems as well as security measures in place to ensure the comprehensive security of the strategic assets of Pakistan.
The NCA re-affirmed that Pakistan as a responsible nuclear state would continue to contribute meaningfully towards the global efforts to improve nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation measures.
A detailed briefing was given to NCA on evolving conflict dynamics in the region.
The NCA noted with concern the destabilizing massive arms build-up in the conventional and strategic domains.
The NCA viewed these developments as detrimental to peace and security and asserted that Pakistan would take all measures to ensure strategic stability in the region without entering into an arms race.
The NCA appreciated high standards of training and operational readiness of the strategic forces and appreciated the scientists and engineers whose dedicated contributions have enabled Pakistan to successfully pursue the desired objectives.