ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif will visit Kabul today (Sunday) to discuss the overall security situation in the region with specific reference to the cross-border movement of the militants between the two neighbouring countries.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, during the day-long visit the army chief will hold meetings with political and military leadership of Afghanistan.

According to reports, General Raheel Sharif will hold talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his Afghan counterpart and exchange views on ensuring security at the common borders. He is also expected to discuss the resumption of talks between Afghan Government and Taliban, and discuss ways and means to establish durable peace in the region.

AFP adds: Afghanistan sees Pakistan’s support as vital to resuming a stalled peace dialogue with the Taliban and recently both countries have expressed resolve to work together in this regard.

“COAS (Chief of Army Staff) will visit Kabul on Sunday, 27th December,” Pakistan army spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter. Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani travelled to Pakistan this month to open a conference that shored up international support for Taliban talks.

At the Islamabad conference, Ghani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed commitment to the peace process, with the United States and China also offering support. “The visit by the army chief to Kabul is a follow-up of commitments made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani towards Afghan peace at the Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad,” said security analyst Imtiaz Gul.

Gul said that the resumption of dialogue with the Taliban, action against Haqqani network and other militant groups, as well as peaceful border management were likely to be discussed during talks between General Sharif, not related to Premier Sharif, and top Afghan leaders.

Haqqani network comes under the umbrella of the Taliban and has been described by US officials in the past as a “veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence.

Some in Washington believe Pakistan has not done enough to bring its influence to bear and to persuade the group to renounce violence.

During Nawaz Sharif’s trip to the US in October President Barack Obama stressed that Pakistan needed to take action against groups that undermine peaceful dialogue.

Pakistan, which wields considerable influence over the Taliban, hosted a milestone first round of peace negotiations in July. But the talks stalled when the Taliban belatedly confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar, sparking a power struggle within the movement.