Pakistani PM to visit Afghanistan on Friday

Pakistan       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Pakistan by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will travel to Afghanistan on Friday on a day-long visit during which he is likely discuss a range of issues, including ways to facilitate talks with the Taliban.

Prior to that, Pakistan's National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua also held separate meetings with President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah during his visit to Kabul.

PM Abbasi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inspecting the guard of honour.

In this meeting, the two sides agreed that delegations of Afghanistan and Pakistan will prepare a timeline and mechanism for the return of Afghan refugees to the country. They also expressed their firm resolve not to allow politics to affect their economic relationship which was important for the welfare of the peoples of the two countries.

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).

Later, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani offered Jumma prayers at Arg mosque.

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The objective of Abbasi's visit to Afghanistan is to strengthen the positive momentum in bilateral relations and help augment joint endeavours in the pursuit of durable peace, stability and economic prosperity in the two countries, and the region, according to FO statement.

Abbasi recently joined Ghani in the western Afghan city of Herat to inaugurate the TAPI gas pipeline project.

Pakistan had brokered the first round of direct talks between the fragile Afghan government and Taliban in Islamabad in July 2015.

"Pakistani security forces are undertaking counter-terrorism operations in Bajaur Agency directed against terrorist groups who continue to attack Pakistan from their sanctuaries based on Afghan soil that have resulted in loss of lives and injuries on the Pakistani side", Dr Faisal tweeted after Kabul alleged that Pakistan had conducted air strikes in the Afghan province of Kunar causing "huge financial damage".

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

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