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End cross-border shelling, Kabul asks Islamabad

End cross-border shelling, Kabul asks Islamabad

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Dec 07, 2017 - 09:59

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Kabulinfo-icon has once again asked for an end to cross-border shelling from Pakistani forces into eastern provinces of Afghanistaninfo-icon -- a long-running issue of concern.

Both sides are engaged in putting in place a system of coordination for a solution to the emotive question and a stop to attacks from the Afghan side of the Durand Lineinfo-icon, a media report said on Thursday.

Last week, military officials from the two countries met in the garrison town of Rawalpindi on bilateral security concerns and agreed on the formation of working groups, Daily Times reported.  

During his visit to Kabul on October 1, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and President Dr Ashraf Ghani had agreed on setting up the group to deal with different problems.

The groups would try to sort out diplomatic, military, intelligence, economic and refugee tiffs, an unnamed Pakistani official was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

On cross-border rocket assaults, Kabul called for restraint from the Pakistani side and sought time for Afghan forces to deal with the situation.

In response, Islamabad said it could not wait if Afghanistan-based militants attacked Pakistani posts and forces from ungoverned spaces.

“Chiefs of military operations have held talks under the same arrangements and other groups will also start meetings on a regular basis to address each other’s concerns,” he said.

At the end of the two-day talks on Thursday and Friday, no side issued any statement. Chief of General Staff Gen. Mohammed Habib Hesary led the seven-member Afghan delegation at talks with Pakistani counterparts.

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