Afghanistan asks Pakistan to act against militants after talks

Afghan president's office says Pakistan should take action against terrorist groups on its soil who attack Afghanistan

Reuters September 06, 2015
Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: FILE

Afghanistan asked Pakistan to act against Afghan Taliban militants operating on its territory during weekend talks in Kabul, while Pakistan said the South Asian neighbours needed to build trust, officials said after the meetings.

The Afghan Taliban, ousted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001, has been gaining territory in its insurgency against the government led by President Ashraf Ghani. Afghanistan and Pakistan have long accused each other of sheltering Taliban fighters and other militants who conduct attacks inside their territory, charges both deny.

“We reiterate our position and state facts, asking Pakistan to take action against terrorist groups inside its territory that declare war against our people," a spokesperson for the Afghan president's office said in statement on Sunday.

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Pakistan said after the meetings that both countries should work together to restore trust, and that an agreement had been reached to end a blame game over a spate of attacks.

"We will work on establishing a memorandum of trust building to avoid such a situation in the future," Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on state television on Saturday about his meeting with Ghani.

Aziz visited the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday for a regional economic conference and also held meetings with the president, foreign minister and national security adviser.

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Ghani made closer ties with Pakistan a priority when he took office last year, hoping Islamabad could push Afghan Taliban leaders to the negotiating table to end Afghanistan's long war.

Progress appeared to have been made in July after both governments said a peace process with the militants had restarted.

This was not confirmed by the insurgents however, and early meetings came to a halt after the Taliban's leader Mullah Omar was revealed to have died.

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News of his death was followed by a wave of deadly attacks in Kabul that killed over 50 people and wounded hundreds more, prompting the Afghan president to lash out at Pakistan demanding it act against militants sheltering on its territory.

Aziz said the talks had produced an agreement to avoid any further breakdown in relations between the countries.

"The main thing that we both agreed upon was to restore trust, end the blame game against each other," he said.

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Abdul Jabbar | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Pakistan asked the Afghan brothers to agree for a meeting date on trade and transport. Pakistan wanted transit facility for their good through Afghan to Central Asia. Afghan refused to give date they asked Pakistan for transit facility to them to India. Off-course Pakistan refuse. The meeting now deadlock. Pakistan want meetings benefit only for them.
Javaad Ali | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Afghanistan should shut down the excessive number of Indian Consulates in in it's territory that cause terrorism in Pakistan Pakistan should pressurize the Haqqani Group to stop attacks in Afghanistan and come to the peace table since terrorism is un-Islamic
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