Pakistan’s top security official visits Afghanistan today for crucial talks

Source:  ARY News Published in Foreign Affairs on Saturday, March 17, 2018

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua will leave for Kabul today (Saturday) on a day-long visit to hold talks with Afghan counterpart Haneef Atmar on regional security issues and bilateral relations between the two countries.

During his day long visit, Janjua will also meet top Afghan leadership including President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief.

According to state-run radio service, both sides will work together and chalk out a way forward to improve bilateral relations and enhance cooperation particularly with reference to the peace initiative undertaken by the President of Afghanistan.

Islamabad’s relations with Kabul have deteriorated in the past three years over allegations that Pakistan covertly support the Taliban insurgency. Pakistan categorically denies the charges.

Previously on February 3, a high-level dialogue on Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity was held in Kabul.

The Pakistani delegation, comprising senior civilian and military officials, was led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua while Afghan delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai in the discussion.

The Pakistani foreign secretary in her speech said the both sides should engage in concrete cooperation instead of blame game.

In a press release later, the foreign office told media that the meeting was held in a cordial environment and both delegations made some progress on the action plan for peace and solidarity between the two countries.