• publish: 18 October 2017
  • time: 3:39 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 4937

As QCG talks on Afghan peace kicks off Pak army chief quietly visits Saudi and UAE

The quiet visits of Gen. Bajwa with Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates coincided with the launch of the QCG talks by Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and United States.

Gen Bajwa on Saturday met Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the UAE, as well as other key Emirati leaders.

No further details have been given regarding the visit of Gen. Bajwa to the two countries.

The army chief thanked the UAE government for extending “humanitarian assistance” to Pakistanis residing in the country, according to Arab News.

According to the report, he later flew to Saudi Arabia to attend the inaugural session of the second International Conference on C4I Solutions at the King Saud University, Riyadh. Organised by the Saudi defence ministry, the theme of this year’s conference was “Alliance Against Terrorism: Strategies and Capabilities”.

Gen Bajwa met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the conference.

Pakistan is believed to be having a critical role in the Afghan peace process as the observers believe the country has considerable influence on the Taliban group who are believed to having leadership councils in the country.

However, the Taliban group rejected to participate in the QCG meeting which was convened on Monday to revive the Afghan peace talks.


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