DG ISI Lands In Kabul As Taliban Make Gains In Panjshir

KABUL: The Director General of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency ISI, Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, arrived in Kabul on Saturday with a high level delegation, becoming the highest ranking foreign official to visit Afghanistan since Taliban took control of the Afghan capital on Aug 15.

Lt Gen Faiz Hameed was quoted by a number of media outlets and foreign journalists as saying that he was here to meet Pakistani Ambassador and get stock of the situation. However, Pakistani media workers staying in Kabul said the visit by DG ISI came at the invitation of Taliban Shura, and that he was likely to meet their elders ahead of formation of ‘inclusive government.’

He was also quoted as telling the news media that “whatever meetings I will be having, my Ambassador Mansoor Ahmed Khan will be the one arranging them. We are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

His visit came just a day after Taliban announced making significant gains during their push into beleaguered Panjshir valley, the last resistance spot held by Amrullah Saleh and Ahmed Massoud.

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