Don’t worry, everything will be okay, says ISI Chief after landing in Kabul

| Lt Gen Faiz Hameed tells British Ch 4 Pakistan ‘working for peace and stability in Afghanistan’

LAHORE   -  DG ISI Lt-Gen Faiz Hameed reached Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Saturday in what appeared to be a major development with regard to regional peace and stability.

“Don’t worry, everything will be okay,” Pakistan’s intelligence said during an interview with British Channel 4 in Kabul on Saturday. 

When the reporter asked, “What do you hope will come out of this? What do you hope is going to happen in Afghanistan?”, the Pakistani intelligence chief replied, “We are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

“Don’t worry, everything will be okay,” Lt-General Faiz Hameed said when asked, “What is your best hope?

Lt Gen Faiz Hameed spent a busy day in Kabul in meetings and working with Pakistan’s Ambassador Mansoor Ahmed Khan and his team on issues of repatriation and transit through Pakistan and the situation on the border.

A local TV channel reported that the ISI chief will discuss matters with the Taliban related to the issue of pending requests from countries and international organisations for repatriation/transit through Pakistan.

He will also deliberate on the need to determine a mechanism through which Islamabad could allow these, in coordination with the ground authorities in Afghanistan. The border management is another important issue that will come under discussion during the day-long visit of Lt Gen Faiz Hameed.

The officials will also look into the matter to ensure that the mechanism under which Afghans cross over the border on a daily basis as routine and then return. DG ISI will also hold discussions on the overall security issue to ensure that spoilers and terrorist organisations do not take advantage of the situation.

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