Pakistan renews anti-terror pledge with Afghanistan

Published: August 14, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan on Thursday promised to extend full cooperation to Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism as it redoubles efforts to defuse tensions triggered by a barrage of deadly attacks in Kabul.

The attacks prompted an outburst of rage in Afghanistan and led President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdullah Abdullah to point fingers at elements in Pakistan while accusing Islamabad of doing little to stop such incidents.

Pakistan also emphasised that the two countries should have trust and faith in each other and that they should “discourage spoilers and detractors who have been trying to create mistrust between the two brotherly countries”.

A high-level delegation, led by Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, arrived in Islamabad on Thursday and held crucial talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to convey his country’s concerns.

Read: Pakistan to coax Afghan Taliban back into talks

Rabbani was accompanied in his six-hour visit by acting defence minister Masoom Stanekzai, National Directorate of Security Director General Rahmatullah Nabil and several other officials.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security & Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry accompanied PM Nawaz during the talks.

According to the official statement, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest while avoiding contentious issues. However, an official privy to the meeting told The Express Tribune that the Afghan side did convey its concerns over the spate of recent attacks in Kabul and sought cooperation from Pakistan. Ahead of the visit, the Afghan government had said that the delegation was going to Islamabad to urge Pakistan to take tough action against those who had carried out the recent attacks.

The official source said Premier Nawaz assured the Afghan delegation of all-out support but also suggested that implicating Pakistan’s security institutions in the attacks was regrettable.

He said Pakistan reminded Afghanistan that an understanding had been developed whereby neither country would play to the media if either of them had a complaint against the other, but would raise the issue on a bilateral forum.

The Afghan delegation also held a separate meeting with Aziz at the Foreign Office. According to the source, the PM’s adviser informed the delegation that the Pakistani government had serious concerns about Afghan soil being used against Pakistan.

“But we believe in using appropriate channels to convey our concerns instead of going public with allegations,” Aziz was quoted as saying.

He said that levelling allegations would only benefit those who wanted to undermine Pak-Afghan cooperation.

Read: Pakistan to host round two of Afghan peace talks

An FO statement said the two sides had candid discussions on Pak-Afghan bilateral relations, evolving political and security situation in Afghanistan, security cooperation between the two countries, and peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

The adviser conveyed Pakistan’s conviction for building a constructive and forward-looking relationship with Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s willingness to work with Afghanistan in overcoming all challenges.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Bewildered
    Aug 14, 2015 - 12:00PM

    Afghanistan shouldn’t expect Pakistan to fight their war with Taliban — Pakistan is done fighting others wars — while harboring anti-Pakistan terrorist outfits and facilitating Indian agents on their soil. Who fused the Pakistan sponsored peace talks? Some Indian paid agent sitting in NDS. Don’t blame Pakistan for your own shortcomings.Recommend

  • Bemused
    Aug 14, 2015 - 1:19PM

    @Bewildered:
    Are you saying Pakistan knew about the demise of Mullah Omar and did not want to reveal it? What purpose would it serve? How can any ‘talks’ succeed if the leadership is not recognized by the rank and file of the Taliban? I am just as bewildered as your nick suggests.Recommend

  • Wisdom
    Aug 14, 2015 - 3:47PM

    @Bemused

    Whats your point? its NDS & their indian agents who sabotaged the talks. Therefore, afghanistan should clean their own mess first.

    ET… publish my comments. I suppose you are a Pakistani news paper!!!Recommend

  • Khattak
    Aug 14, 2015 - 5:39PM

    It is such an irony that Pakistan is still harbouring Taliban. Senseless death & destruction of Afghans is not going to get favours. We do not want to fight Indian on Durand Line, Wahga is the right place.Recommend

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