On Thursday, General Michael Erik Kurilla, commander of Central Command (CENTCOM), paid a visit to General Headquarters (GHQ) to talk about the security situation in the area and other topics of mutual interest.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the American general paid his respects to the Pakistani martyrs by laying a floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument.
There was a guard of honour for the visiting dignitary, as reported by the military’s media wing.
Later, the US commander met with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir, followed by a delegation-level discussion.
According to the ISPR, the discussion focused on issues of mutual interest, regional stability and the security situation, defence and security cooperation, and notably military-to-military connections.
The leader praised Pakistan for its efforts in counterterrorism, disaster assistance, and regional stability.
Today, the delegation will also go to Torkham to brief him on anti-terror and border control measures taken by Pakistan and Afghanistan along the shared border.
The United States ‘took action’ earlier this month to warn the Taliban government that they would target foreign terrorists who regrouped in Afghanistan.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said at a news conference that the Taliban were “either unable or unwilling to live up to the pledges that they’ve made in a number of areas,” referring to their promises to close safe havens for terrorist groups
“One of those areas is the commitment they have made to counterterrorism, to seeing to it that Afghanistan does not once again become a haven for international terrorists, a launch pad for attacks against countries well beyond its borders,” he had stated, adding that this was an interest of the US
As the spokesman put it, the United States is not “totally tied to the Taliban” due to its counterterrorism “capabilities” in the area.
The United States “demonstrated such capabilities in recent months with the death of the now-deceased al-Qaida emir, Ayman al-Zawahiri,” he said.
According to Price, the US had made “good on the pledge that you have consistently heard from President Biden since the withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan last year, that we will take action if we see international terrorists regrouping in Afghanistan”.
“We will take action in a way that protects our interests”, he had reiterated.
He had mentioned that the US’s “broader goal” was to ensure that other groups do not use Afghanistan as a launch pad for attacks on Pakistan.
“We are determined to work with our partners in the region, including Pakistan, to do what we can to take on the threat of terrorism in the region, and certainly the threat of terrorism that extends well beyond the region,” he had said.