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Afghanistan – Pakistan talks on counter terrorism & peace

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Afghanistan – Pakistan talks on counter terrorism & peace
 Afghanistan and Pakistan officials have not reached to an agreement on issues that are in top priorities for Kabul. Second round of Afghanistan – Pakistan talks on counter terrorism, peace and decreasing of violence ended without any results; thus, no decision has been made so far for continuation of such talks.
Afghanistan high-ranking civil and military delegation led by deputy minister of foreign affairs Hekmat Khalil Karzai paid a visit to Islamabad to participate the meeting of what is named the Afghanistan – Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). The Pakistani delegation was led by the country’s foreign secretary Tahmina Janjua. 
According to a spokesperson to ministry of foreign affairs Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni, the Afghan delegation on its visit to Islamabad asked the Pakistani side that they do not want to spend their time in creating mechanism, procedure and ratification of documents, but they want practical steps and implementation of the action plans.
“While some progress was made on the mechanism of cooperation, no progress was achieved on specific, results-oriented, time-bound measures in the APAPPS, particularly in the areas of counter-terrorism, reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation to meet the priorities of Afghanistan,” Mustaghni added.
In the past two weeks, three meetings have been held between Kabul and Islamabad under APAPPS and the last meeting was held in Islamabad.
But why recent visits of the two countries’ officials to each other’s countries have ended without progress? Do other issues except double polices of Pakistan have role in this regard?
An Afghan former diplomat to Pakistan Ahmad Sayeedi answered the questions and said, “The issue of Afghanistan is a big issue as well as an Afghani, regional and international issue. Most of countries as Russia, China, Iran, US, Saudi Arabia and others are involved in this issue that cannot be resolved until talks are not held in very high level.”
The Afghan government alleges the Taliban use sanctuaries on Pakistani soil to plot insurgent attacks and claimed last month’s bloody attacks in Kabul were planned in the neighbouring country. Afghan officials also shared what they called “evidence” with Islamabad and demanded swift action against the perpetrators.
Pakistan has been always accused by Afghanistan for supporting terrorism and having double policies in the region. Now,the United States has also increased pressure on Pakistan to take action against alleged militant sanctuaries, including those of the Haqqani terrorist network.
Increasing of world pressures on Pakistan and making the country for cooperation with Afghanistan and the international community in counter terrorism effort and Afghan peace process is the best option that should be followed by Afghanistan.
Concerns of Afghanistan are more about deteriorating of situation and increasing of violence by extremists and terrorists that have safe sanctuaries beyond Afghanistan borders. 
Counter terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan cannot be separated from drug-trafficking and narcotics that help increase violence in the country and region. Peace and stability, regional security, democracy, development and infrastructural programs, migration and enduring cooperation are key issues. 

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