PM Abbasi reaches Kabul on one day visit

Apr 07, 2018, 00:37
PM Abbasi reaches Kabul on one day visit

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday along with a delegation paid a day-long visit to Kabul wherein during talks with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the two sides agreed on the importance of Afghan owned & Afghan led peace process.

Accusations that Islamabad's powerful military and intelligence services have considerable influence over the Taliban make it unlikely that Afghanistan will have much success in pushing for Pakistan to boost security and counter-terrorism operations along their shared border.

The PM, accompanied by several other top Pakistani officials on the trip - his first to Kabul since becoming prime minister previous year - will hold meetings with a string of Afghan officials, according to Ghani's spokesman, Shah Hussain Murtazawi. Afghan president welcomed the prime minister and members of Pakistani delegation.

The resumption of peace talks dimmed further after Mullah Omer's successor, Mullah Mansur, was killed in a USA drone attack in Pakistan near Afghan border in 2016.

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Pakistan said it aspires to deepen people to people contacts. "The two sides are also engaged in undertaking major bilateral rail-road connectivity projects", read the statement issued by the Ministry.

Prime Minister Abbasi praised Ghani's vision for peace in Afghanistan and his offer of peace talks to Taliban.

Both the leaders agreed that peace, prosperity and stability of the two countries are inter-linked, reaffirming their resolve to work together to address all issues of bilateral and transit trade.

To promote regional economic integration, the two countries are participating in key trans-regional initiatives namely Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and Central Asia - South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000).

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Earlier this week a high-level Pakistani delegation has reached Afghanistan to hold talks with Afghan authorities on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).

However, the promising atmosphere surrounding the trip was marred Thursday night after Pakistan urged Kabul to refrain from "blame games" following allegations by Afghanistan that the Pakistan Air Force violated Afghan airspace.

They have made a decision to operationalize the five working groups under "Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity".

Islamabad accuses Kabul of failing to take action against militant groups who continue to attack Pakistan from their sanctuaries across the border in Afghanistan.

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During his meeting with Ghani, the Afghan president invited PM Abbasi to "initiate a state-to-state comprehensive dialogue".

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