Pakistan News Service

Monday Dec 11, 2017, Rabi-al-awwal 22, 1439 Hijri
Logo Logo
LATEST :
Pakistan News Home -> Top -> News Details

Army Chief condemned Taliban attack on US troops in Afghanistan

04 August, 2017

  Related News  
46 members of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi cabinet took oath
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi received guard of honour at PM House
  More on this View All

ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa on Thursday condemned a Taliban attack on US troops in Afghanistan that had left two American soldiers dead.

“Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa offered heartfelt condolences on the death of two Special Forces soldiers who died in the incident (the terrorist attack on the United States forces in Kandahar),” the ISPR said in a statement.

Gen Bajwa noted that Pakistan because of facing “similar trial of blood in fight against common threat of terrorism” well understood the anguish of the bereaved families of the soldiers killed.

Two US troops were killed and four others were injured on Wednesday when a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a Nato convoy on the outskirts of Kandahar city (Afghanistan), which is host to one of the largest American bases in the country. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Seven US troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year. Last year the US lost nine soldiers in the war-torn country.

The Pakistan government has always condemned terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, but it was rare for the army to give its reaction to an attack on US forces.

Gen Bajwa’s reaction came as Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Amb Alice Wells visited Islamabad. Many believe that the rare reaction over killing of US soldiers in Afghanistan was meant to address concerns in Washington, where Islamabad is widely accused of not acting against Taliban and Haqqani network sanctuaries from where they are believed to launch attacks in Afghanistan including those on US-led coalition forces.

The Trump administration is reviewing its policy on Afghanistan. It is anticipated that the US could on completion of the review opt for a harsher stance on Pakistan. The killing of US soldiers in a Taliban attack could further stiffen the Trump administration’s attitude towards Pakistan. The relationship between Pakistan and the US has been icy since last year and it was always feared that any US casualties because of a Taliban attack could aggravate the situation.

Gen Bajwa had a day earlier met Afghan envoy Dr Omar Zakhilwal for continuing the discussions on addressing irritants that had been souring the bilateral relationship.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
 
 
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Military Courts
Imran - Qadri long march
 
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Pakistan itself a victim of state-sponsored terrorism: Qamar Bajwa
Should You Try Napping During the Workday?
Suggested Sites