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Pak army chief call on Ghani, US officials

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday during his stopover in Kabul had held separate meetings with President Ashraf Ghani, United States (US) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Gen. Joseph Dunford, Commander US Central Command (Centcom) Gen. Lloyd J. Austin and Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. Nicholson. Raheel discussed regional security and border management in these meetings.

Raheel also attended the Change of Command Ceremony for the Resolute Support Mission held in Kabul, said Asim Bajwa, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, media wing of the Pakistani military.

The meetings focused on checking cross-border movement of terrorists and coordination regarding the Pakistan Army’s Shawal offensive.

During meeting, Raheel reiterated Pakistan’s support to the President Ghani, Bajwa said, who acknowledged the Pakistan Army’s efforts and achievements in the war against terrorism and its role in regional stability and peace.

Raheel’s made stopover in Kabul on his way back to Pakistan after a day-long visit to Tajikistan.

He discussed challenges regarding fighting terrorism and the Afghan peace and reconciliation drive with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

The visit comes as at least seven people, including five suicide bombers, were killed and 19 others including children received injures in a complex attack on the Indian consulate by a group of armed militants on Wednesday in Jalalabad.

First, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive laden vehicle near the entrance gate of the consulate. Soon after the blast, four other bombers tried to enter into the consulate, Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyanai told Afghanistan Times.

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