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Af-Pak action plan for peace becomes operational

Af-Pak action plan for peace becomes operational

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May 15, 2018 - 13:06

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Pakistaninfo-icon Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), envisaging the creation of six working groups, has become operational.

Foreign ministries in Kabulinfo-icon and Islamabad, in a joint statement, hoped the plan’s effective implementation would contribute to promoting peace in the region.

“Both sides agreed full implementation of APAPPS would contribute towards the common objectives of eliminating terrorism and achieving stability, prosperity and development of the people of the two countries.”

The joint statement came after Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai met in Islamabad. It was the fourth meeting of APAPPS.

Contours of the framework were discussed in detail previously, but an agreement remained elusive till Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited Kabul last month and met President Ashraf Ghani.

The two leaders had agreed on the new framework and tasked their foreign ministers and national security advisers with concluding the accord.

The neighbours have agreed on seven basic principles for engagement include commitments that Pakistan would support the Afghan-led peace and reconciliation and the two countries would undertake effective actions against fugitives and the irreconcilable elements posing security threats.

Both countries would deny use of their respective territory by any country, network, group or individuals for anti-state activities against either country.

They would put in place a joint supervision, coordination and confirmation mechanism through liaison officers for realisation of the agreed actions.

Territorial and aerial violations of each other’s territory would be avoided. There would be no public blame game and instead APAPPS cooperation mechanisms would be utilised to respond to mutual issues of contention and concerns.

Working groups and necessary cooperation mechanisms would be set up as per APAPPS.

Both sides operationalised the proposed working groups, including the ones on security and intelligence cooperation.

“APAPPS provides a framework to strengthen mutual trust and deepen interaction in all spheres of bilateral engagements. It is also a mechanism for finding solutions to bilateral areas of concern,” the joint statement said.

The working groups will implement the principles while both sides will also nominate “liaison officers” for coordination and supervision.

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