Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and Tajikistan have formed a Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) to counter terrorism.
According to Pakistan media reports, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday said that the inaugural meeting of QCCM was held in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in China.
Present at the meeting were representatives from the armed forces and militaries of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and Tajikistan including Afghan National Army Chief of General Staff (CGS) Qadam Shah Shahim, Chinese Department of Central Military Commission (CMC) Chief of Joint Staff General Fang Fenghui, Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif and Tajikistan First Deputy Defence Minister and armed forces CGS Major General EA Cobidrzoda.
All four unanimously agreed that terrorism and extremism are a serious threat to regional stability.
They pledged to cooperate with each other in order to tackle terrorism and extremism.
Pakistan media reports that it was agreed to establish the QCCM in order to coordinate and provide mutual support limited to the four countries in the fields of counter terrorism, situation evaluation, intelligence sharing, counter terrorism capacity building, counter terrorism joint training exercises and personnel training.
It was also agreed that all the decisions reached by the QCCM would be based on mutual consultation and consensus.
The parties agreed that the QCCM should adhere to the principles of U.N charter and other universally recognised principles and norms of international law, especially those on maintaining peace and security, safe guarding independence and equality with mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression and non-interference in each other's internal affairs.