Consultations underway for NWA military operation: Aziz

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ISLAMABAD

Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday said consultations are underway to launch a full-scale military offensive in North Waziristan Agency.
He was talking to the special representative of the secretary general for Afghanistan. Aziz also wished the Afghan people well during the security, political and economic transitions in 2014 and beyond.
During the discussions focused on matters relating to Afghanistan and Pakistan relations, he underscored Pakistan’s resolve to support international community’s efforts for stability in Afghanistan; reaffirming Pakistan’s steadfast support for an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
He highlighted the positive developments in Pakistan-Afghanistan ties, marked by frequent high-level exchanges and growing emphasis on bilateral trade and economic agenda as well as regional cooperation; while also praising UNAMA’s efforts, the adviser underscored the importance of deeper engagement of the United Nations and the international community in the economic development and reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The adviser further emphasized that the international community should help create conducive conditions for the early return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan.
Jan Kubis recognised Pakistan’s role in peace and stability in Afghanistan and the efforts underway to build a positive relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also highlighted UN’s supportive role in diverse sectors in Afghanistan as per UNAMA’s mandate.
Kubis later called on Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and exchanged views on Afghanistan, growing Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral cooperation, and regional processes.
The foreign secretary lauded UN’s role and highlighted Pakistan’s continuing commitment to support Afghanistan through this crucial juncture and in the years to come.