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Aziz said a quadrilateral meeting is scheduled in January to discuss Afghan peace.─ AP/File
Aziz said a quadrilateral meeting is scheduled in January to discuss Afghan peace.─ AP/File

ISLAMABAD: The adviser to prime minister on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, said that rise of Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan is a point of concern for Pakistan.

Talking to media after an event in Islamabad on Wednesday, Aziz said certain elements trying to associate with IS were arrested from Sialkot, however, "it is the rise of IS in Afghanistan which is the cause of concern for Pakistan".

The premier's adviser went on to say that Afghan Taliban will have to shut down their subversive activities if they want the peace talks to happen and succeed. "It's also the condition set by Afghan government," he added.

Aziz further announced that a meeting of the quadrilateral committee comprising the senior diplomatic representatives from US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan is called on January 10 in Islamabad to discuss the Afghan reconciliation process.

Hotline established between Pak, Afghan DGMOs

Pakistan and Afghanistan's Director General Military Operations (DGMO) discussed security issues through a hotline established on Wednesday through a mutual agreement between the two countries.

"Pursuing decision in General Raheel Sharif's visit to Afghanistan, a hot line is established between the DGMOs of both countries." said Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa on Twitter.

Bajwa further said that the first contact was made on Wednesday and the two DGMOs discussed defence related issues, modalities, dates of meetings between the Corps Commanders of the two sides and measures to enhance coordination along the border.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had visited Afghanistan and met Afghan President and Chief Executive on December 27.

The COAS and Afghan dignitaries agreed to jointly counter the terrorism threat and vowed not to allow use of their respective soil against each other through active intelligence sharing and Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs).

Emphasising the need to improve bilateral relations it was decided to establish a hot line contact between the DGMOs of both countries.

The high point of the visit was that the two sides agreed to resume the peace process with a mutually agreed quadrilateral framework including China and United States (US).

During his visit to Pakistan to participate in Heart of Asia conference, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also attended a tripartite meeting including US representatives, where all the participants agreed to resume the peace process.

Related: Afghanistan, Pakistan and US agree on resumption of peace process

Pakistan had hosted a meeting between the Afghan Government and Afghan Taliban representatives in Murree on July 7, 2015, along with the representatives from China and USA.

The participants were duly mandated by their respective leadership and expressed their collective desire to bring peace to Afghanistan and the region.

The second round of the talks, which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan on 31 July 2015 was postponed in view of the reports regarding the death of Mulla Omar and the leadership crisis among Taliban.

Comments (15) Closed

Adnan Aziz Dec 30, 2015 08:54pm

What about the rise of IS in Pakistan?

M.Saeed Dec 30, 2015 08:54pm

What is the correct position? A few days back, there were statements in press from the home ministers that, there was no presence of ISIS or Daesh in Pakistan? What and what not to believe?

Arshad Patel Dec 30, 2015 08:56pm

Excuse me, Sir ! There is no Islamic State in Afghanistan, Pakistan.....its another ploy by WEST to stay engaged within their 'interested teritories'. After the 'DEMISE' of BinLaden, SUPER POWERS needed to continue with its domination within the ARAB STATES. As long as ARABS have the oil, there will be a ghost enemy keep emerging within.

divergence Dec 30, 2015 08:59pm

I think, IS is being used as a strategic ploy to put constraint on certain countries and refresh the wave of terrorism which we have managed to control to a great extent. The main objective is to find out who is acting as the guardian of Islamic State.

Asfar Warraich Dec 30, 2015 08:59pm

The bigger threat is, if it starts to radicalize our very own society as TTP and other terrorist groups. The main reason for that is 'empty space' created due to absence of a proper system, if we didnt fill it ourselves, others will.

wellwisher Dec 30, 2015 09:14pm

Don,t worry.Putin will crush IS.

sbk Dec 30, 2015 10:03pm

"it is the rise of IS in Afghanistan which is the cause of concern for Pakistan". Really a very serious situation. If ISIS penetrates Pakistan, it will spread like wild fire.

sbk Dec 30, 2015 10:35pm

ISIS was created to dislodge the Shia majority countries of Iraq and Syria. Now, ISIS has out grown into a monster and has become uncontrollable by even its Masters and now threatening all Muslim countries.

sbk Dec 30, 2015 10:39pm

ISIS is a very serious problem. Do not under estimate it.

Mathew Dec 30, 2015 10:48pm

The war of hegemony over Afghanistan and Central Asia is being fought in Syria and Iraq.Islamic State has no presence in Afghanistan.Islamic State has presence only in Iraq and Syria.Why are you dragging Afghanistan into another proxy war by making such nonsense statements? Tired in Syria and Iraq,facing defeat there and now making Afghanistan a scapegoat.If you want win over Afghanistan,fight a battle in Syria and Iraq but please don't drag Afghanistan into another proxy war.

Mathew Dec 30, 2015 10:49pm

Putin is a very clever person.He knows how to win Afghanistan in Syria and Iraq.

rai hasan shoukat kharal Dec 30, 2015 11:08pm

one cannot possibly predict what is happening all over the world. we as being uninformed citizens have only access to the medium. we are unaware of the actuall positions of ISIS. how can we assuredly say that ISIS has no presence in Afghanistan?? there is need to investigate the matter with clearity. becasue we cant afford it on our soil.

Latif M Dec 30, 2015 11:41pm

stop supporting terrorists, you bring "Taliban" to negotiation table, yet you claim you've no power over them. Where are they getting funds and weapons from? Now that you've brought them to the table, in hopes of Afghans throwing out Mullah Fazullah, BLA sympathisers. Yet we know who supports Daesh in Nangarhar, which borders KPK.

AHA Dec 31, 2015 01:09am

"rise of Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan is a point of concern for Pakistan"

Why? One too many???

Agha Ata Dec 31, 2015 02:46am

Call all the psychics, palmists, astrologers, magicians and ask them to point out all the terrorists in the country. If they cannot do it, shut down their business forever.