Published On: Fri, Aug 26th, 2016

COAS calls Afghan president, meets US envoy Olson

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COAS calls Afghan president, meets US envoy Olson

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif held a telephonic conversation with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and condemned the attack on American University of Afghanistan in Kabul which claimed the lives of at least 12 people.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), “Army Chief strongly condemned terrorists’ attack on American University in Kabul yesterday and expressed his sympathies with the bereaved families.”

The army chief stated that Pakistani soil would not be allowed to be used for any type of terrorism in the neighbouring country.

COAS had a tele-conversation with Afghan President today. During the conversation, Army Chief strongly condemned terrorists’ attack on American University of Afghan in Kabul yesterday and expressed his sympathies with the bereaved families. COAS said that Pakistani soil would not be allowed to be used for any type of terrorism in Afghanistan. Afghan authorities have shared 3 mobile telephone numbers allegedly used during the University attack who allegedly were on contact with the attackers. It may be mentioned here that based on these 3 Afghan cell numbers provided by Afghan authorities, Pakistan Army carried out a combing operation in suspected area closer to Pak-Afghan border to verify presence of miscreants. Our evaluation of the evidence provided and outcome of Combing op so far, has shown that all Afghan SIMs used during the attack were from a network owned and operated by Afghan company whose spill over signal affects some areas along Pak-Afghan border. Outcome of the op so far has been shared with afghan authorities. Further Technical evaluation of the cell numbers (all Afghan) is being carried out. COAS assured Afghan President of all out cooperation on availability of further information from Afghans.

United States Special Representative of Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson and Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Nicholson and other dignitaries met COAS General Raheel Sharif on Thursday.

ISPR stated that regional security issues and matters of mutual interest including border management mechanism along Pak-Afghanistan border were discussed in the meeting.

“The visiting dignitaries appreciated the resolve and continuing efforts towards fighting terrorism and regional stability,” ISPR statement said.

Courtesy: ARY

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