The first joint working group will tackle issues around counter-terrorism, intelligence sharing and military among others.
Key Issues To Be Discussed At Afghan-Pakistan Meeting
Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said the first meeting of Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Working Group would be held in Kabul on Saturday, the Daily Times reported.
According to him the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua would lead the Pakistani delegation.
The Daily Times stated Pakistan had proposed a number of joint working groups to focus on counter-terrorism, intelligence sharing, military, economy, trade and transit interaction, refugee repatriation and connectivity.
Reiterating Pakistan’s stance that there was no military solution to the Afghan problem, Faisal said only an Afghan-led and owned peace process would ensure peace in the country.
He also said that Pakistan would continue to support efforts for peace in Afghanistan, but the Afghan government needed to reach a settlement with different Afghan groups.
Daily Times also quoted him as saying the endless cycle of violence in Afghanistan had and would add to the woes of the people of Afghanistan and also the Afghan refugees in Pakistan, who would not be able to return to their homes.
This comes just days after a high-ranking Afghan delegation visited Pakistan to discuss the spate of Taliban attacks on Kabul this month which left close to 150 people dead.
The delegation reportedly handed over evidence that the attacks had been planned in Pakistan.
Daily Times meanwhile reported that the foreign office said Pakistan had taken action against all terrorist groups.
Faisal rejected accusations of Pakistan supporting the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network, and said that Pakistan would not allow its land to be used against any of its neighbors.
He also said focus should be on eliminating safe havens of the TTP, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar in Afghanistan.
Daily Times reported 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.
Last week however the Afghan government rejected these claims and said no prisoners had been handed over.