ISLAMABAD  -   Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday discussed the overall security situation in the country with specific reference to the recent developments, and initiative on Afghan peace.

The army chief called on the prime minister in his office and held one-on-one meeting which lasted for over an hour.

Sources aware of the deliberations informed The Nation that Afghan peace process and the fresh request from US President Donald Trump seeking Pakistan’s help in resolution of the issue mainly came under focus.

It was the consensus view of both the COAS and PM that peace in Afghanistan would be in the interest of Pakistan and Islamabad would extend full support and backing to the homegrown and Afghan-backed peace initiative in Afghanistan.

Pakistan would continue to play whatever role the Afghan government would want for bringing lasting peace in the restive country as the regional peace mainly hinges on the peace and stability in Kabul.

The follow up visit of US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad’s meetings with civil and military leadership also came under discussion.

It was noted with satisfaction that these meetings were productive and would play a vital role in normalising the Pak-US relations, which remained tense over the recent past - especially after the controversial tweets by US president.

Sources in the government further said that the army chief also briefed the prime minister on the progress about the ongoing operation against the militants.

Premier Khan praised the army for breaking the back of the militants who were on the run now and would be flushed out in due course of time.

The sporadic incidents of violence by the remnants of the terrorists groups also came under focus and it was agreed that enhancement in intelligence sharing and coordination among law enforcement agencies would help check their activities.

Separately, National Security Adviser to Japanese Prime Minister, Kentaro Sonoura called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday.

The Adviser expressed the desire to further strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and Japan. He underscored the high Japanese appreciation for Pakistan over its role in fighting terrorism.

The prime minister welcomed Sonoura and members of his delegation. He appreciated the positive momentum of bilateral relationship between the two countries.

The prime minister also praised the impressive warmth, vigour and pioneering spirit of the Japanese people.

Acknowledging importance of Japan as a development and investment partner, Premier Khan expressed satisfaction over cordial relations between the two countries. He also looked forward to greater level of cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the areas of trade, investment, infrastructure and human resource development.

Prime Minister Imran Khan encouraged Japanese investment in Pakistan which has immense economic potential, having young population and unexplored mineral wealth.

The JETRO survey on Japanese business in Asia has declared Pakistan as the top country for positive sale profits and future business expansion.


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