PM, army chief discuss Afghan reconciliation process

Nawaz Sharif Army Chief

The top civil and military leadership on Monday discussed the Afghan reconciliation process in the context of the current regional situation. 

During the meeting between Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the overall security situation and the progress of the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb was also discussed, according to the PM House.

The meeting comes days after news of Afghan Taliban supremo Mullah Omar’s death and a day after his successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, cast doubts on a fledgling peace process.

The second round of face-to-face talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, brokered by Pakistan, was postponed following confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death two years ago.

In his first audio message, Mullah Omar’s successor gave mixed signals on the peace process. While calling peace talks the enemy’s propaganda, Mullah Mansoor did not rule out negotiations along with ‘Jihad’ to achieve the group’s objectives.

The fate of the nascent peace process was discussed during Saturday’s meeting between US Special Representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan Daniel Feldman and army chief General Raheel Sharif at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. The US special envoy, who was originally in Pakistan to attend the second round of talks, hoped ‘with all sincerity’ that the talks would resume soon.