Army Chief in London, Discusses Afghan Peace Process With Natl. Sec. Advisor

‘Every war eventually ends in peace’: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

PKONWEB — Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa discussed regional developments including Afghan Peace Process with the United Kingdom officials on Tuesday, informed ISPR.

The Army Chief COAS met with Britain’s National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill at the Cabinet Office and Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove at the Ministry of Defense in London.

Both dignitaries acknowledged Pakistan’s contributions towards regional peace.

Pakistan and UK held a delegation level strategic dialogue earlier on Monday to discuss geostrategic environment and bilateral military cooperation.

Gen. Bajwa visited the Ministry of Defense, where he was received by UK’s Chief of Defense Staff General Sir Nick Carter.

Earlier this week, he addressed attendees at the International Strategic Institute of Studies. “Pakistan is close to achieving durable peace and stability,” the army chief said.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was hopeful of Afghan peace deal before September 1.

US’ Afghan peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad clarified the ongoing talks with Taliban, saying: ‘It’s a Peace Agreement with Taliban, Not ‘Withdrawal’ Deal.

The parties are ‘close to draft deal with the Taliban.’

Afghan leaders said they are optimistic about the peace deal.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said, ‘Every war eventually ends in peace’.

Pakistan this week hosted the 2-day ‘Lahore Process’ for intra-Afghan talks in scenic Bhurban.