Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to operationalise APAPPS


KABUL: Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to operationalise the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) Working Groups, reported Radio Pakistan.

According to Foreign Office, the understanding was reached during the recent visit of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Kabul.

It was agreed that Pakistan will support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation.

Both the countries will undertake effective actions against fugitives and the irreconcilable elements posing security threats to either of the two countries.

They will commit to denying use of their respective territory by any country, network, group or individuals for anti-state activities against either country.

A joint supervision, coordination and confirmation mechanism will be put in place through Liaison Officers for realisation of the agreed actions.

Both sides will avoid territorial and aerial violations of each other’s territory and avoid public blame game and instead use the cooperation mechanisms under this action plan to respond to mutual issues of contention and concerns.

On Friday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi led delegation—which included National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra— met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.

The delegation held talks with Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other senior officials.

The talks were focussed on strengthening bilateral political, economic, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, return of Afghan refugees, combating drug production and narco-trade, the Afghan peace process and regional political and security situation.

On April 2, a high-level Pakistan delegation had reached Afghanistan to hold talks on the APAPPS.

The Pakistan delegation, which was headed by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, comprises senior civil and military officials, including Military Operations Director General Major General Shamshad Mirza.

Earlier, on February 28, the Afghan president had said that Kabul was ready for talks with Pakistan, adding that the country wanted to forget the past and start a new chapter. Calling on Pakistan to hold government-to-government talks, Ghani had said that the best place to hold peace talks was Kabul. The aim of PM Abbasi’s meeting is to find a settlement to the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan.


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