Afghan delegation to visit Pakistan soon: Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday said that a government-level delegation from Afghanistan is due in Pakistan soon for the continuation of talks related to various issues including regional security and counter-terrorism measures.

In a press conference, Asif emphasised that the Afghan territory must not be used by terrorists, especially in light of the agreement signed in Doha.

“We asked them to honour the accord and they agreed,” the minister added. Asif further said Pakistan fought hard to rein in terrorism and vowed the government would do so again.

“We will fight as we did in the past.” He insisted there would be accountability for people who agreed to fight “America’s war” in the 80s.

Last month, Asif led a delegation to Kabul to meet with officials of the Afghan interim government and hold talks on a variety of issues ranging from security to bilateral cooperation. The two sides specifically discussed security-related matters including counter-terrorism measures. The visit of a high-level Pakistani delegation to Kabul raised official hopes that the Taliban would respond to Islamabad’s security concerns about cross-border terror attacks from Afghanistan.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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