A high-level team headed by the defense minister traveled to Kabul and met with acting deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar amid deteriorating relations between the two nations as a result of an increase in terror strikes by the TTP, which has its stronghold in Afghanistan.
The high-ranking team will meet with Afghan officials to discuss security-related issues, particularly counterterrorism strategies, according to a statement released by the Foreign Office on Wednesday.
Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, head of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Muhammad Sadiq, Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Asad Majeed Khan, and Ubaid Ur Rehman Nizamani, head of the Kabul mission, are all part of the delegation.
The senior leadership of the two nations will meet for the first time since State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar’s visit in November 2022.
The two parties discussed economic cooperation, regional connectivity, commerce, and bilateral relations during the meeting, according to a separate statement from the office of the Afghan deputy prime minister.
“Pakistan and Afghanistan are neighbors and should get along well. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan emphasizes the development of commercial and economic ties with Pakistan as they are in the interest of both countries,” Baradar was quoted as saying.
The Taliban leader argued that issues of politics and security shouldn’t have an impact on topics of commerce or the economy.
Also, he urged the authorities to free Afghans who were being held in Pakistani jails.
Baradar went on to say that travellers at Torkham and Spin Boldak should have good service, with an emphasis on emergency patients.
The Pakistani promised Afghanistan of the aforementioned matters and said that the respective ministries and designated committees will soon get to work, according to Baradar’s office.