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Bajwa, Ghani discuss ‘action plan for peace’

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KABUL: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday discussed the implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan action plan for peace in a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.
According to Ghani’s deputy spokesperson Shahussain Murtazawi, discussions pertaining to the fight against terrorism and Afghan-owned peace process also took place.
Earlier to this, COAS General Bajwa left for Kabul to hold talks with Afghan President Ghani.
ISPR Spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said that General Bajwa left for Afghanistan at the invitation of Afghan President Ghani.
Pakistan wishes to see a national unity government in Kabul and US/NATO succeeding to bring peace in Afghanistan,” military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations tweeted.
Earlier, it was reported that Pak and China have played a key role in brokering the ceasefire deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban on Eid, officials familiar with the development disclosed.
On Saturday, the Afghan Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire over Eid-ul-Fitr, the first such truce by insurgents since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
The move came on the heels of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s statement, announcing unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban till the 20th of this month.
Pakistani officials; however, told that the ceasefire between the Afghan government and insurgents were being discussed quietly for past several weeks.
Kabul has been pushing for a ceasefire with the Taliban as a starting point for the resumption of crucial Afghan reconciliation process. The Taliban, according to the officials, agreed to the proposal only if China and Pakistan become ‘guarantors.’

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