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Afghan, Pak, US to discuss war on terror

Lt Gen Karl Eikenberry, commander of Coalition Forces in Afghanistan was also present at the meeting.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 17:57 IST

Senior army officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States met near the Pakistani capital on Wednesday in an effort to improve cooperation in the US-led war on terror, a Pakistan army official said.

The talks came as coalition forces step up a campaign to flush out remnants of the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan, where insurgents often target Afghan and coalition forces, the official said.

Lt Gen Karl Eikenberry, commander of Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, and Gen. Bismullah Khan, chief of the General Staff of the Afghan National Army were representing their countries at the talks held at the Pakistan Army's headquarters in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad.

Gen Ahsan Saleem Hyat, vice chief of the Army Staff of the Pakistan Army and other officials are representing Pakistan at the 16th meeting of the Tripartite Commission, which was created to improve coordination and resolve disputes related to combating terrorism.

The meeting comes a day after Pakistan's army said that it had deployed more troops along the Afghan border to stop Taliban militants from crossing into the country as they retreat from a major offensive by US and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan.

Some 2,500 Afghan and coalition forces backed by helicopter gunships last week started the offensive - dubbed Operation Mountain Lion - to flush out rebels in Kunar province bordering Pakistan's Bajur tribal region.

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 17:45 IST