Pak,Afghan,NATO commanders in border control talks

Top military commanders of Afghanistan,Pakistan and NATO discussed border control measures and mechanisms to avert “untoward incidents”

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published:May 14, 2012 12:57 am

Top military commanders of Afghanistan,Pakistan and NATO Sunday discussed border control measures and mechanisms to avert “untoward incidents” along the Afghan frontier as the three sides resumed high-level military contacts after a break of several months.

A Pakistan Army contingent led by Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and delegations headed by International Security Assistance Force commander US Gen John Allen and Afghan National Army chief Gen Sher Muhammad Karimi participated in the meeting of the Tripartite Commission in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

The Tripartite Commission provides a “forum to raise and process contentious issues and facilitate settlement”,the Pakistan Army said in a statement. The talks “focussed on border control measures and mechanisms put in place to avoid untoward incidents on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border”,it said.

The talks assume significance as they were held two days before a scheduled meeting of Pakistan’s Defence Committee of the Cabinet,which is expected to discuss the reopening of supply routes for foreign troops in Afghanistan and the country’s participation in the NATO Summit beginning in Chicago on May 20.

On Saturday,Gen John Allen,the American commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan,held bilateral talks with Gen Kayani on operations in areas along the Afghan border and mechanisms to avoid “untoward incidents”. Relations between the Pakistani military and ISAF have been strained since 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a cross-border NATO airstrike in November.

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