The top of Pakistan’s premier spy company, Lt-Gen Faiz Hameed, visited Kabul on Saturday, the primary go to by a senior Pakistani official for the reason that Afghan capital fell to the Taliban and a chaotic exit of the US-led overseas forces from the war-torn nation.
The visits of the director basic of Inter-Companies Intelligence (ISI) are normally saved below wraps but it surely wasn’t the case together with his journey to Kabul. Photographs circulating on social media confirmed Gen Faiz was having tea at Kabul’s Serena Lodge whereas Pakistan’s Ambassador Mansoor Ali Khan is also seen.
In response to a query from a overseas journalist, the DG ISI stated the aim of his go to was to hunt “peace and stability” in Afghanistan. He added that he was right here to fulfill the Pakistani ambassador to get the first-hand account of the bottom state of affairs.
Nevertheless, it’s believed that the DG ISI met the highest Afghan management to debate the present state of affairs. He reportedly additionally held conferences with sure overseas envoys in Kabul.
Though no official particulars have been obtainable, one of many targets of his go to was to debate the preparations and mechanism for the secure passage of overseas nationals, who’re nonetheless stranded in Afghanistan.
Not too long ago, the overseas ministers of Germany, Britain and The Netherlands visited Pakistan, whereas the Italian overseas minister can also be due subsequent week. The flurry of visits was aimed toward in search of Pakistan’s assist in securing the exit of overseas nationals.
Though the Western nations have evacuated 1000’s of their nationals and Afghans who labored for them in an enormous evacuation operation within the second half of final month, there are nonetheless overseas nationals who’re left behind.
The DG ISI was solely the second head of the overseas spy company to go to Kabul for the reason that Taliban took over the Afghan capital on August 15. Earlier, the CIA chief visited Kabul however the go to was saved secret.
The go to of Gen Faiz additionally highlights the truth that Pakistan is able to embrace the “new realities” in
Afghanistan and regardless of reservations by the West, Islamabad is keen to work with the brand new authorities.
At a joint information convention with the British Overseas Secretary, Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi termed the Afghan Taliban a “new actuality”, saying that Pakistan had no different possibility however to work with the neighbouring nation.
Pakistan is eager to help the incoming authorities by way of reorganising the military and safety forces. Islamabad made comparable affords and confirmed willingness to signal safety pact in addition to bilateral settlement between the intelligence companies of the 2 nations however all these efforts couldn’t obtain the specified outcomes given the belief deficit between the 2 neighbours.
Now, with the Afghan Taliban all set to type the subsequent authorities, Pakistan would renew its supply and hope that the response could be optimistic from the opposite aspect.