Richard Olson discusses Pak-Afghan border management COAS

Islamabad: Ambassador Richard Olson, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) and General John Nicholson, Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan along with their delegation called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Thursday at GHQ Rawalpindi.

According to ISPR press release, during the meeting, regional security issues and matters of mutual interest including border management mechanism along Pak-Afghanistan border were discussed. The visiting dignitaries appreciated the resolve and continuing efforts towards fighting terrorism and regional stability.

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.

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