Gen Bajwa arrives in Kabul to attend Chief of Defense summit

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A two-day security conference involving chiefs of army stafffrom four countries and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation began in Kabul on Monday, officials said.

The army chief restated Pakistan's position while speaking at the Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) conference held at Kabul .

According to ISPR, Army Chief told that there are no terrorist sanctuaries left on the Pakistani soil. He said collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan is ready to play its part.

Gen Bajwa said they are targeting these terror elements by ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, adding that Pakistani territory is not allowed to be used against any other country and "Pakistan expects the same reciprocity". As Kabul conference was held on the heels of NATO Defence Ministers' meeting, its deliberations and outcome would surely serve as weighty input for NATO leaders to formulate a logical and feasible strategy to address the Afghan imbroglio.

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Commander US CENTCOM, Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and Afghan Army Chief are also attending the conference.

Tuesday's meeting came amid escalating terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, some claimed by loyalists of Islamic State.

Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have remained frosty due to the latter's constant blame game on Pakistan's non-cooperation in tackling terrorism and insurgency and also sending terrorists to Afghanistan to conduct suicide. The army chiefs will also look at the region's narcotics trade as Afghanistan hits record levels of poppy production, AP reports.

Last week, in a televised speech to the nation, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani had alleged that the "centre of Taliban terrorism is in Pakistan". But NATO said it has targeted Taliban and other insurgents the region - conducting a barrage of air strikes against them in the past two weeks.