Corps Commanders discuss General Raheel’s visit to US

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Corps Commanders Conference on Tuesday discussed the upcoming visit of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to the United States.

“He (COAS) will clearly highlight Pakistan’s Perspective of new emerging regional realities,” the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in reference to his US visit.

Corps Commanders discuss General Raheel’s visit to US

General Raheel Sharif is set to visit the United States from November 16 to 20 to hold talks with top officials on security issues including the stalled Afghan peace process.

“COAS (Chief of Army Staff) will visit USA from 15-20 November. Will hold meetings with military and political leadership on wide ranging security issues,” the ISPR Director General Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa announced on Twitter on November 8.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also paid a four-day official visit to Washington from October 20 to 23 during which he met the top US leadership including President Barack Obama and discussed a whole range of issues pertaining to bilateral cooperation and regional security.

In a press release issued here, the ISPR said that an exhaustive review of internal security situation was carried out during Corps Commanders Conference held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Tuesday with the COAS in the Chair.

During the meeting, the COAS while appreciating progress of ongoing operation and Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs), their achievements and effects, the COAS acknowledged full support of the nation for our ongoing operations to eliminate terrorism and extremism.

However, he underlined the need for matching/complimentary governance initiatives for long term gains of operation and enduring peace across the country. Progress of National Action Plan’s implementation, finalization of FATA reforms, and concluding all ongoing JITs at priority, were highlighted as issues, which could undermine the effects of operations.

The COAS also directed to expedite return of temporarily displaced persons (TDPs), overcoming all obstacles for development works in affected areas and rehabilitation of all displaced families.