Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Pakistan Prime Minister In Kabul For Talks

Terrorism cannot be addressed through admin measures only Pak Prez PM Abbasi reaches Kabul on one-day visit to 'reduce mistrust'
Orlando Vargas | 08 April, 2018, 10:38

Afghanistan on Thursday accused Pakistan of air strikes causing "huge financial damages" in the province of Kunar bordering Pakistan, ahead of a visit to Kabul on Friday by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Afghanistan, according to officials, was hopeful that Islamabad could play a proactive role in encouraging the Taliban to join the peace process and hold dialogue with the Afghan government to find negotiated settlement to Afghanistan's lingering crisis. He is expected to hold face-to-face talks with President Ashraf Ghani. His initiative received widespread domestic and global backing, but the insurgents have avoided commenting on the overture. "If Afghanistan is unstable there is instability in Pakistan".

Abbasi rejected as "a totally flawed narrative" allegations that Pakistan is covertly supporting the Taliban to fuel the Afghan conflict. In her interview with a news agency, Malala said this has been made possible with the honest, determined and committed efforts of the security forces and great sacrifices of the citizens, her return to Pakistan is in fact a success of the motherland's war against terrorism.

Yet Pakistan's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has visited Kabul multiple times since his appointment in November 2016 and increasing engagement with Pakistan this year has added to hopes that a peace deal may be hashed out with the Taliban. Today, unfortunately, the reverse is true.

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"The people instigating terror in Pakistan are sitting in Afghanistan", Abbasi said. The operations took place on the Pakistani side of the border, it said.

Kabul also routinely accuses Pakistani security forces of launching cross-border fire on Afghan villages. Yet Islamabad has come under increasing pressure to act against the Taliban and affiliated Haqqani network, which Washington says has sanctuary within Pakistan's borders.

Abbasi's comments follows the suspension of almost $2 billion-worth of USA security aid by American President Donald Trump's administration over Pakistan's refusal to combat jihadists like the Taliban and its Haqqani Network.

"Obviously, for there to be stability in Afghanistan there needs to be a strong relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan", said U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice Wells on Monday, wrapping a week-long visit to Islamabad.

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