Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: A high-level Afghan delegation comprising its national security adviser , interior minister, intelligence head and the military chief arrived on Sunday in a crucial visit to show error of ways the way onward for the current crisis in the war-torn country.
The Afghan delegation was invited by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to visit and discuss the security problems in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the region.
The afghan delegation would discuss regional security and bilateral relations of the neighbouring countries with the COAS.
Afghanistan and the United States have been increasing pressure on Pakistan to take action against militants operating in the country.
Islamabad denies harboring militant groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, which carry out attacks in Afghanistan.
In April, clashes broke out between Pakistani paramilitary troops and Afghan border police in three locations along the border, leaving several dead on both sides.
The two nations share a 2,500-kilometer border known as the Durand Line, which Pakistan considers to be an international border. Afghanistan rejects the colonial-era border that was created in 1893.
Afghan and Pakistani officials are also expected to discuss a series of deadly border clashes in recent months along their disputed border.
This is the first high-level visit from Afghanistan in last two years and as symbol of a unusual understanding reached between the two neighbours to resolve their issues and misgivings through dialogue.
Soon after landing in Islamabad, the Afghan delegation went into huddle with Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Lt Gen (r) Naseer Khan Janjua. The Afghan delegation would by the same token visit the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi where the two sides would have full-scale talks on border security and Afghan peace process.
The visit of Afghan delegation comes in the backdrop of the acknowledgment reached between the two countries already this month to operationalise Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).
They agreed to announce more efforts to operationalise APAPPS, yield a fresh start, bridge critical gaps, build formal mechanism of backing in all areas of mutual interests and bring in collective actions to maintain trust between the two countries.
APAPPS provides a frame of reference to encourage mutual trust and deepen interaction in all told spheres of bilateral engagements. It is besides a mechanism for finding solutions to bilateral areas of concern.
Both sides agreed that accomplished and entire implementation of APAPPS would contribute towards the common objectives of eliminating terrorism and achieving peace, stability, prosperity and development of the people of the two countries.