High level Pakistani delegation in Kabul for first ever meeting of Joint Working Group

Image Credit: Sama TV, Pakistan.

A high-powered Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua reached Kabul to take part in the first ever meeting of Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Working Group.

In a weekly media briefing on Friday, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan has proposed five joint working groups, focusing on ensuring a comprehensive engagement for countering terrorism, intelligence sharing, military, economy, trade and transit interaction, refugee repatriation and connectivity.

“There is no military solution to the Afghan problem, only an Afghan-led and owned peace process will ensure peace in the country,” Faisal was quoted by Pakistan based Sama News as saying.

The FO spokesperson also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to support efforts for peace in Afghanistan, but the Afghan government needs to reach a settlement with different Afghan groups.

This comes days after a high-level Afghan delegation visited Pakistan.

The delegation, comprising the Afghan interior minister and the chief of National Directorate of Security, met with Prime Minister Shahid Khan Abbasi.

Kabul Based TOLO news reported that Pakistan had constructed 975 posts along its border with Afghanistan, while Afghanistan had built nearly 200 posts only, said Faisal.

“Around 470 attacks were carried out in Pakistan from Afghanistan,” he said. The spokesperson noted that the 27 suspects handed over to Afghan authorities recently were connected to the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network.

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