The Foreign Office stated on Wednesday that a group of senior Pakistani officials, led by Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, is in Kabul to speak with the Afghan interim government about security-related issues, particularly counterterrorism measures.
A senior team headed by the defense minister is meeting with Afghan interim government representatives in Kabul today to discuss security-related issues, particularly counterterrorism measures, the FO tweeted.
A high-ranking delegation led by the Minister for Defence is in Kabul today to meet with officials of the Afghan Interim Government to discuss security related matters including counter terrorism measures.— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) February 22, 2023
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, acting deputy prime minister of Afghanistan for economic issues, met with the team led by Khawaja Asif.
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.
د افغانستان اسلامي امارت د ریاستالوزراء اقتصادي مرستیال محترم ملا عبدالغني برادر اخوند د پاکستان له دفاع وزیر سره چې د یوه جګپوړي پلاوي په مشرۍ نن کابل ته راغلی دی، وکتل. 👇 pic.twitter.com/8jHcVympYh— د ریاست الوزراء اقتصادي معاونیت (@FDPM_AFG) February 22, 2023
The senior leadership of the two nations were met for the first time since State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khan’s visit in November 2022.
“Political, security and economic matters shouldn’t interfere with one another.”
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.
“As neighbors, Pakistan and Afghanistan ought to get along well. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan emphasizes the growth of economic and commercial links with Pakistan because they are beneficial to both nations “Baradar was said to have said.
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.
According to Baradar’s office, the Pakistani team assured Afghanistan of the aforementioned concerns and stated that the relevant ministries and designated committees will get to work right away.