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CIA director discusses Afghan state-of-affairs with COAS, DG ISI

ISLAMABAD: The Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) William Burns discussed state-of-affairs in Afghanistan here with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and DG Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Faiz Hameed on Thursday 9th of September, 2021. 

During the rendezvous, Pakistani Military leadership reiterated that the country remained committed to cooperating with its international partners for peace in the region and ensuring a stable and prosperous future for Afghan people.

William Burns, while lauding the positive role of Pakistan in the Afghan crisis apropos evacuation operations etc, pledged to play a role for further improve the diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

It may be recalled that on Wednesday (8th of September, 2021) Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stated: “Today I addressed an important and timely virtual ministerial meeting on Afghanistan hosted by (US) Secretary Blinken and  (German) FM Heiko Maas on Afghanistan. As a country that has been profoundly affected by instability in Afghanistan for over 40 years, Pakistan has a vital interest in peace. We believe that only a peaceful Afghanistan with a strong and stable government will be a credible partner for the international community.

“We must not allow creation of a political vacuum in Afghanistan leading to insecurity and instability. A stable & peaceful Afghanistan can only be achieved through more, not less, regional & int’l engagement. Pakistan, as an immediate neighbor cannot afford to disengage.

“We also believe sustained int’l engagement with Afghanistan remains best counter-terrorism investment for all. Pakistan’s diplomatic missions in Afghanistan continue to work overtime and have provided critical support to the multinational evacuation effort from Kabul airport. We have also made special arrangements for the transit of Afghans who are to be resettled abroad.

“Ultimately, no country has a greater stake in ensuring Afghanistan never again becomes a sanctuary for terrorist groups Pakistan. Since 2001, fighting the war against terrorism has taken over 80,000 Pakistani casualties & caused direct losses of over $150 billion to our economy.” | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.