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Islamabad promises action on information from Kabul

Islamabad promises action on information from Kabul

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Feb 01, 2018 - 09:49

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Islamabad has promised taking concrete action on information provided by a visiting Afghan delegation regarding the involvement of Pakistaninfo-icon-based militants in the latest wave of terror attacks in Kabulinfo-icon.

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in three major attacks in Kabul in less than 10 days, with the government of President Ashraf Ghani claiming that Talibaninfo-icon and Haqqani networkinfo-icon insurgents were behind the attacks.

On Wednesday, Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) head Masoom Stanikzai made an unannounced trip to Islamabad for talks with Pakistani leaders on bilateral security cooperation.

“At a meeting with the visiting delegation, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi vowed to take concrete action based on intelligence shared by the high-level Afghan team,” a well-placed source revealed.

Abbasi also vehemently denounced the recent trail of murder and mayhem in Afghanistaninfo-icon, according to one official, who did not want to be named. Both sides tended to agree on exchanging visits aimed at curbing the menace of terror.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, the Inter-Services Intelligence (IS) chief and military officials also attended the meeting -- the first since the latest spate of attacks in Kabul. “The Afghan team called for prompt action on the basis of information they shared with their interlocutors.”

As Abbasi responded positively, the source said, the two sides agreed to convene a meeting of the joint working group against terrorism in Kabul on Feb. 3. Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will lead the Pakistani delegation.

The delegation had arrived in Islamabad with a ‘personal message’ from President Ashraf Ghani, the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said. The one-item agenda was discussion on prospects for cooperation between the two countries, Dr. Faisal tweeted. 

On Tuesday, he revealed that 27 Haqqani network and Taliban fighters were handed over to Afghanistan in November 2017.

In response, Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal tweeted: “This certainly is news to me! It would be a huge step forward in our important bilateral relations if this indeed happens.”

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