PM Abbasi reaches Kabul on one-day visit to 'reduce mistrust'

PM Abbasi reaches Kabul on one-day visit to 'reduce mistrust'

PM Abbasi reaches Kabul on one-day visit to 'reduce mistrust'

Besides the Afghan president, the prime minister will also meet Afghan Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah.

Accusations that Islamabad's powerful military and intelligence services have considerable influence over the Taliban make it unlikely that Afghanistan will have much success in pushing for Pakistan to boost security and counter-terrorism operations along their shared border.

"Nasser Janjua, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Khyber Pakhtunkwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, among other officials, are accompanying the premier on his day-long visit to the Afghan capital", reported Geo News.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani received Shahid Khaqan from the airport.

In this meeting, the two sides agreed that delegations of Afghanistan and Pakistan will prepare a timeline and mechanism for the return of Afghan refugees to the country.

Pakistan said it aspires to deepen people to people contacts.

Ghani called stability the key to regional peace, saying decisions by leaders of the two countries could guarantee the security and prosperity of their coming generations.

"The two leaders also agreed to move forward on Chaman-Kandahar-Herat railway line, Peshawar-Kabul Motorway, and other connectivity projects which can help realise the tremendous potential of South and Central Asian Regions by providing shortest access through the sea ports of Gwadar and Karachi". The two sides are also engaged in undertaking major bilateral rail-road connectivity projects.

Pakistan had brokered the first round of direct talks between the fragile Afghan government and Taliban in Islamabad in July 2015.

Since then, several attempts have been made, with little success, to resume the stalled peace process by a four-nation group comprising of Pakistan, Afghanistan, the US and China.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was welcomed by Afghan President Asharf Ghani and the two inspected an honor guard at the Presidential Palace in Kabul before heading in for meetings.

"Pakistan urges Afghanistan to focus on taking effective counter-terrorism actions including plugging of large gaps existing along the Afghan side of Pakistan-Afghanistan border to prevent the targeting of Pakistani civilians and security forces by terrorists from Afghan soil", he said in one of the tweets.

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