ISLAMABAD - Top military officials of Pakistan and US yesterday discussed in Rawalpindi issues of bilateral defence cooperation with a special focus on reconciliation process in Afghanistan and the growing threat of Daesh in that war-torn country.

According to ISPR, Commander Resolute Support Mission and US Forces in Afghanistan General John F Campbell called on Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, who briefed the US commander about ongoing Zabr-e-Azb military operation against terrorists in North Waziristan.

Gen Raheel stressed the need for enhanced coordination between Pakistan, US and Afghanistan at the Pak-Afghan border to prevent escape of insurgents into Afghanistan.

Some of the leading Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan commanders and fighters including TTP chief Moulvi Fazalullah had made their escape good into Afghanistan in 2009 and established safe havens and they have been trying to destabilise Pakistan while operating from there.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for first time admitted the presence of Moulvi Fazlullah in his country when he recently visited Pakistan to inaugurate Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan. He had assured the Pakistani leadership that targeted actions were being taken by his government against Fazalullah and others using the Afghan soil against Pakistan.

General Campbell’s meeting with Pakistan Army Chief comes after the visit of US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter to Kabul two days ago where he discussed the two key issues with Afghan government amid recent increase in the US drone attacks against the Daesh militants in Nangharhar province of Afghanistan.

The emerging Daesh threat in Afghanistan has forced the Afghan and US forces to carry out intelligence –based drone strike against the group who are largely operating out from the Nangarhar province.

Parallel to these actions, the Afghan government and the US are also trying to reach out to Taliban including Haqqini Group through Pakistan to renounce violence, lay down their arms and resume quadrilateral talks without further delay.

General Raheel Sharif is expected in Afghanistan this week in the latest in a series of high-level contacts between Islamabad and Kabul to restart the peace process which was broken off in July. Pakistan-brokered peace talks between Kabul and Afghan Taliban could restart in early January, officials in Islamabad and Kabul told Reuters news agency.

Earlier this month, President Ghani, during his recent visit to Pakistan also met separately with the Chief of Army Staff and emphasised upon the need of enhancing bilateral relations between both the countries to collectively tackle the common threat of extremism.

ISPR had claimed that General Raheel had assured the Afghan president of full support in intelligence sharing, operational coordination and reconciliation process for bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan.