After a series of deadly attacks that has left Kabul shaken, a high-level delegation from Afghanistan comprising the interior minister and spy chief paid a visit Islamabad this week with a ‘personal message’ from President Ashraf Ghani. The delegation held talks with Pakistani leaders on security cooperation amid the extremely weak security system in their country which needs to be improved. However, the joint working group delegation’s first trip had reportedly been scheduled long before recent developments in Pak-Afghanistan.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani delegation at the talks while Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai was leading the Afghan side. The APAPPS is a joint action plan formed for cooperation in the areas of counter-terrorism and reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation, refugees’ repatriation and joint economic development. In the meeting conducted on Saturday, Pakistan offered to jointly along with Afghanistan inspect the terrorist attacks in Kabul and urged the Afghan government to take action against anti-Pakistan terrorists stationed in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has repeatedly accused Pakistan of failing to dissuade terrorists from the refugee from which militants launch attacks in Afghanistan. Islamabad has repeatedly denied these accusations and has many times issued the same criticism against Afghanistan.
Recently Kabul witnessed the deaths of more than 100 people. On Friday, President Ashraf Ghani said that the militant group is headquartered in Pakistan, adding he was expecting the neighboring country to take practical and rational action against it. Mohammad Faisal, a spokesman for Pakistan Foreign Ministry, said that the delegation called for joint inspection into the recent terror attacks in Afghanistan. “The Foreign Secretary has explained that instead of blame game both sides should engage in concrete cooperation,” Pakistan’s Faisal said on twitter. The delegation also emphasized the need for strengthening border management on the Afghan side, he said. The next such meeting will be taking place on February 9th and 10th in Islamabad.