The invitation was extended on the New Year eve when General Bajwa reached the Afghan leaders over telephone.

Pakistan’s new army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been invited by Afghan leaders to visit the war-torn country and work together for regional peace.

The invitation was extended on the New Year eve when General Bajwa reached the Afghan leaders over telephone, Pakistan Army said yesterday.

Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet that General Bajwa called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and “conveyed best wishes for 2017 and pledged to work together for peace in the region“.

 Ghafoor also said that “peace in both countries is in greater interest of the region“.

“Afghan leadership invited COAS for a visit to Afghanistan,” he said in the tweet.

It was, however, not known when General Bajwa will pay the visit, which would be his first since taking over the charge of Pakistan Army in November.

The development comes amid tensions between the two countries over militant attacks in Afghanistan. PTI SH SUA SAI 01011507

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