Pakistan offers joint investigation into Kabul attack

FO rejects Kabul’s allegations of supporting Afghan Taliban Haqqani network

The meeting comes in the backdrop of a series of deadly attacks rattled Kabul, after which a high-level delegation from Afghanistan comprising the interior minister and spy chief had visited Islamabad this week with a "personal message" from President Ashraf Ghani.

Shedding light on the meeting, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had stressed the need to resolve Pak-Afghan issues bilaterally and said Pakistan "stands with its Afghan brothers in this hour of grief", referring to the recent spate of bomb-and-gun attacks in Kabul over the past month which have claimed almost 200 lives. Moreover, Pakistan reminded the world that it has cleansed its border region of terrorists, but that Afghan refugees nevertheless pose serious security risks and should therefore be repatriated.

As is usually the case whenever these attacks occur, the Afghan authorities predictably blamed Pakistan for allegedly being behind them, and the USA carried out a drone strike against the country in the aftermath of one of these incidents.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua says both Pakistan and Afghanistan should engage in concrete cooperation instead of resorting to blame game.

The attacks, which killed more than 130 people and wounded hundreds more, were claimed by the Taliban, which is fighting to drive out worldwide troops and re-establish its form of strict Islamic law in Afghanistan.

Faisal said "there were no terrorist safe havens anywhere in Pakistan" and also rejected accusations of Pakistani cooperation with the Haqqani network. In his remarks on the twitter, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal expressed the confidence that the first meeting of Pak-Afghan joint working groups will help further solidify bilateral relations between the two countries.

"The meeting was held in a cordial environment and both delegations made some progress on the APAPPS", a joint statement issued after the inaugural meeting of the working groups established under the action plan said.

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