COAS reaches Kabul for Chief of Defense summit

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As Kabul conference was held on the heels of NATO Defence Ministers' meeting, its deliberations and outcome would surely serve as weighty input for NATO leaders to formulate a logical and feasible strategy to address the Afghan imbroglio.

February 13 (ANI): Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday has arrived here to attend a high-level military meeting. In an attempt to persuade the U.S. public that the war is unwinnable it cites the "3,546 American and foreign soldiers" killed, an "87% rise" in heroin production in 2017, and the assessment from the USA watchdog the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that Taliban control on the ground has increased significantly.

The conference concluded to continue cooperation for peace and stability in the region.

"Regions develop as a whole, not individual countries", Gen Qamar said in what appears to be a statement linked to the United States new strategy that sought greater role for India in the region.

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We also expect that the US-led West would also seriously give thought to oft-repeated suggestion of Pakistan to lay focus on negotiated settlement of the conflict rather than intensified use of military power that has so far produced no worthwhile result except complicating things further. The army chief said that collaborative approach and persistence was the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan was willing to play its part.

The letter, released by the Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, comes amid deteriorating conditions for USA and Afghan coalition forces on the battlefield and after a month in which two major Taliban assaults on Kabul killed 150 civilians.

But the recent string of attacks in Kabul has once again put things back to the square one. "Pakistan expects reciprocation in this regard", he said. Afghanistan claimed that terrorist attacks were planned on the Pakistani soil by the Haqqani network. The secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said the U.S. is open to talks with "moderate voices" in the Taliban, which could form part of the Kabul government. The two-day talks, however, ended without any breakthrough and the two sides did not issue a customary joint statement. There was no word either when the next round of talks would take place.

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