Pakistan to provide ‘all-out support’ to Taliban govt in Kabul, military brass tells MPs
Pakistan to provide ‘all-out support’ to Taliban govt in Kabul, military brass tells MPs

ISLAMABAD: The political leadership of the country were informed on Monday that Pakistan would provide “all-out support” to the Taliban government in Kabul for the “peace and stability” of Afghanistan.

The statement came after the Parliamentary Committee on National Security met under the chairmanship of National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser at the Parliament House. The meeting was called to “discuss matters pertaining to national security, foreign affairs, internal and external challenges faced by country”.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Director-General Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, DG Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar attended the marathon meeting.

On the other hand, national parliamentary and political leadership, members of the National Assembly and Senate, provincial leadership, Azad Jammu and Kashmir prime minister had also attended the huddle.

“It was outlined that Pakistan would continue all-out support for peace and stability in Afghanistan. It was also hoped that the territory of Afghanistan would not be used against Pakistan,” tweeted the National Assembly Secretariat after the meeting.

It also stated that the parliamentary and political leadership of the country backed “Pakistan’s strategy to tackle internal, external challenges and expressed good wishes for prosperity, development and progress of Afghanistan”.

“The regional and political challenges especially the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan were also discussed in the meeting,” said the secretariat.

At the end of the briefing, a question and answer session was also held in which members of the committee presented their recommendations before the top military brass.

Interestingly the high-level meeting came hours after the government lifted the ban on TLP following a proposal by the Punjab government, saying the decision was taken “in the larger national interest”.

However, the National Assembly Secretariat did not mention whether the TLP was discussed or not.

Last week, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had also released over 800 detained supporters of the group, reportedly, as per the same agreement. The TLP was protesting over the detention of its leader Saad Rizvi, who was arrested in April when the group was outlawed by authorities and was demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador from Pakistan.

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