Global convergence on Afghanistan needed to avoid humanitarian crisis: COAS Bajwa

Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Wendy Gilmour (L) talks to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ on October 25, 2021. – ISPR.

Rawalpindi: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday said global convergence on Afghanistan is needed to avoid a humanitarian crisis in the country.

Gen Bajwa’s statement came during a meeting with Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Wendy Gilmour at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), during the meeting, COAS Gen Bajwa and Gilmour discussed matters of mutual interest, bilateral cooperation in various fields, the overall regional situation and peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The COAS said that Pakistan wants to maintain the tradition of bilateral engagement and looks forward to a long-term and multi-domain enduring relationship with Canada.

General Bajwa reiterated that global convergence on Afghanistan is needed to avoid a humanitarian crisis, as well as coordinated efforts for the economic upliftment of the Afghan people, the statement said.

The visiting dignitary lauded Pakistan’s role in the Afghan situation including successful evacuation operations and resolved to continue working for better relations between the two countries.