Pakistan offers joint probe into recent terror attacks in Afghanistan

Pakistan       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

A high-level Pakistani delegation, led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and comprising of senior civilian and military officials, met an Afghan delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, in Kabul on Saturday.

"There are still important areas to be discussed and agreed upon, and both sides remain committed to continue their discussions to reach an agreement on the APAPPS", said a joint statement released after the meeting.

At a meeting on Friday, the National Security Committee (NSC) condemned the latest wave of terror attacks in Afghanistan and reaffirmed Pakistan€™s position on continuing to play its role in regional stability and peace. This announcement hasn't deterred the Taliban or Daesh, both of whom are designated as terrorist groups by Russian Federation, from carrying out more attacks, as they nearly seem determined to taunt the U.S. judging by their spree of attacks over the past two weeks.

He said Islamabad had proposed five joint working groups focussing on ensuring comprehensive engagement for countering terrorism, intelligence sharing, military, economy, trade and transit interaction, refugee repatriation as well as connectivity.

He said the Pakistani delegation o emphasized the need for strengthening border management on the Afghan side.

Pakistan has urged Afghanistan that instead of indulging in blame game both the countries should engage in concrete cooperation.

Shedding light on the meeting, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had stressed the need to resolve Pak-Afghan issues bilaterally and said Pakistan "stands with its Afghan brothers in this hour of grief", referring to the recent spate of bomb-and-gun attacks in Kabul over the past month which have claimed almost 200 lives.

Faisal said "there were no terrorist safe havens anywhere in Pakistan" and also rejected accusations of Pakistani cooperation with the Haqqani network.

Islamabad says Saturday's meeting was part of a larger dialogue while the Afghans billed it as a response to their accusations against Islamabad.

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