ISLAMABAD – The Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI) Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar briefed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the issue of Pak-Afghan cross border terrorist infiltration just ahead of his meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
According to the official details issued by military and federal government sources, the meeting between premier and spy-master was scheduled on Saturday morning. It was the first official meeting of Nawaz Sharif with Lt General Rizwan Akhtar after his promotion as DG ISI on November 7.
The details issued by concern authorities clearly marked that premier was briefed over the issue of cross border terrorist infiltration by the DG ISI. The issue is the long standing dispute between Afghanistan and Pakistan with both sides blaming each other for not destroying the militants’ hideouts.
However, the time of this briefing is what makes it important.
Nawaz Sharif and DG ISI also discussed the possibilities of how to deal with terrorist hideouts in settled areas of the country other than the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA).
Earlier, the Pakistani premier and Afghan President held a joint press conference after one-on-one meeting. The tone and body language of both leaders suggest that they have revived the bilateral relations between troubled neighbors with a success. Specially one sentence from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani could be taken as crux of his two days engagements in Pakistan as he said “In past three days we have overcome the obstacles of 13 years.”