ISLAMABAD - The military top brass yesterday discussed external security situation with special focus on Afghanistan and Pak-Afghan border management issues.

According to ISPR, the corps commanders conference held in Rawalpindi comprehensively discussed external security with particular emphasis on the situation in Afghanistan and management issues on the Pak-Afghan border.

It further said the meeting, chaired by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, also took an in-depth review of internal security situation and discussed professional matters.

The border management remains a critical issue between Pakistan and Afghanistan because the Pakistani Taliban who had fled to Afghanistan to escape the military operation, Zarb-e-Azb, are now using Afghan soil to destabilise Pakistan.

The recent attack on PAF Badaber base, Peshawar, was conducted from inside Afghanistan. Pakistan took up the issue with Afghan authorities, urging them to check such activities on their side of the border, but to no avail.

Pakistan has also been seeking the US and Nato help in tracking down Pakistani Taliban using the Afghan territory as their sanctuaries, but there has been no serious effort on their part to cooperate with Pakistan to counter terrorism.

The meeting strongly rejected allegations by Afghan officials about involvement of Pakistani intelligence in recent attacks in Afghanistan, a move Pakistan sees as part of Kabul’s mere blame game.

The meeting also took stock of the security situation on the Pak-India border. On the internal security situation, the meeting thoroughly reviewed the ongoing operations in Fata and Karachi as well as efforts to fight terrorism and extremism across the country.