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PublishDate: Monday, May 28, 2018 10:00

High-Level Delegation Meets Pakistan’s Bajwa

The Afghan delegation comprised NDS Head Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Afghanistan Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal, and other Afghan officials.
The Pakistani side was also joined by Tehmina Janjua, Foreign Secretary. Talks focused on the operationalization of recently concluded Afghan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS), according to Pakistan Today’s report.
The Afghan side reportedly voiced appreciation of Pakistan's initiative in preparation of the framework document to improve cooperation and coordination between the two countries on a host of confidence building and substantive measures, Pakistan Today reported. 
The two sides agreed to fast track the formulation of working groups, especially on bilateral security cooperation and to undertake measures that would assist both sides in the reduction of violence at the hands of terrorists.
In the meantime, Atmar said that Afghanistan has positive expectations from Pakistan and with help, the two countries can allay each other's concerns and apply their energies to bring about enduring peace and stability, according to the report.
 “Assigned by H.E.Pres. Ghani, led by NSA MH Atmar, a high ranking security delegation travelled to Pak. today to discuss the implementation of the Afg-Pak Action Plan for Peace&Solidarity (APAPPS) both side will have detail discussions on Peace&Counterterrorism,&regional issues,” Atmar Tweeted on Sunday. 
“The trip is taking place at the official invitation of his excellency Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the prime minister of Pakistan, who had requested the president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan dispatch a high-level delegation to hold talks on security issues related to Afghanistan and Pakistan and the region,” Atmar’s office said in a statement on Sunday.
The trip also aims to hold high level negotiations on Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), read the statement.
“Within the framework of this plan, high level security officials from both countries will hold discussions on practical steps about fighting terrorism and boosting peace,” read the statement.
Amid accusations of Pakistan’s controversial role in the fight against terrorism, a number of lawmakers in Afghanistan’s parliament have said that the neighboring country has never pursued a sincere policy towards Afghanistan and that the trip will not deliver solid results.
MPs instead urged the international community to increase pressure on Pakistan to meet its anti-terror commitments.
The trip comes amid strained relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Afghan officials have constantly accused Pakistan of harboring Taliban leaders providing sanctuaries to them to operate against Afghanistan.
Pakistan is also accused of launching deliberate missile attacks on Afghanistan’s eastern regions. 
Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to draw up a plan in April following Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s trip to Kabul where he held talks with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani. The two leaders agreed to seven key principles to finalize the action plan.


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