Pakistan ISI chief hosts security meeting of regional intel chiefs on Afghanistan


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ISI chief on Saturday hosted an important security meeting of intelligence chiefs of regional countries, including China, on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), discussed the Afghanistan issue with intelligence chiefs of China, Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan here, The Express Tribune reported.

While there was no official confirmation from either side, sources confirmed that the Director General of ISI discussed the situation in Afghanistan and how to cooperate to ensure peace and stability.

However, there was a lack of information about the countries participating in the rare moot.

The Pakistan Observer newspaper reported that intelligence chiefs from Russia, China, Iran, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan attended the meeting.

Geo TV reported that the heads of intelligence agencies of Russia, China, Iran, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the meeting.

However, Dunya News TV reported that only intelligence chiefs from China, Russia, Iran and Tajikistan attended the meeting.

“They discussed the current security situation in Afghanistan during the meeting,” the channel quoted sources as saying.

But all news outlets agreed that the meeting’s participants exchanged views on measures needed for lasting peace and stability in the region.

As of now, there has been no official confirmation regarding the meeting and the participating countries.

Earlier, the ISI chief had recently visited Afghanistan where he met the Afghan leadership in Kabul and discussed various issues.

A few days after the visit, the Taliban announced their interim government.

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