Pakistan calls for better border management
KABUIL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan's National Security Advisor Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Thursday met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after his arrival in Islamabad at the head of a delegation.
The two sides exchanged views on bilateral ties during the meeting, in which National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi assisted Sharif.
Radio Pakistan, monitored here, reported Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai also the meeting. However, it gave no further details about the participants discussed.
But independent sources told Pajhwok Afghan News the talks were largely focused on anti-terror cooperation between the neighbours and Islamabad’s role in promoting peace efforts.
Also on Thursday, Pakistan urged Afghanistan to take necessary measures on its side of the Durand Line to stop terrorists from North Waziristan sneaking into the neighbouring country.
Prime minister’s special envoy Mehmood Khan Achakzai had travelled to Kabul to seek the Afghan government’s cooperation in efficient border management, the Foreign Office spokeswoman said.
Tasnim Aslam told a media briefing the visit of Spanta was aimed to take the discussion forward. Pakistan had taken extraordinary measures including restriction of movement and deployment of additional troops on the border for the runoff vote in Afghanistan, she recalled.
She hoped Kabul would respond positively to Pakistan's call for enhanced security on the border.
Last week, President Hamid Karzai had told Sharif over the telephone that his team would carry a letter seeking a “road-map” for future bilateral cooperation against terrorism.
Giving a major policy statement in the Senate on Wednesday, Aziz said Pakistan was trying to evolve a joint strategy with the new Afghan government to control extremism and terrorism.
On the eve of Spanta’s visit, UNAMA chief Jan Kubis said: “I welcome steps to engage on results-oriented, practical coordination and cooperation both military-to-military and civilian-to-civilian.”
While briefing the UN Security Council, the diplomat said: “I support the need for new bilateral mechanisms to better ensure continued momentum towards shared interests of increased stability and greater economic development.”
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