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Pakistan PM Khan headed for his maiden Afghan go to


Imran Khan’s journey to the western neighbour comes as peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban have stalled.

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to go to the Afghan capital Kabul for delegation-level talks with President Ashraf Ghani on bilateral ties, the stuttering Afghan peace course of and different points, a Pakistani assertion says.

Khan will arrive in Kabul for his first go to to Pakistan’s northwestern neighbour, the place it has been facilitating peace talks between the federal government and the Afghan Taliban, on Thursday.

“The main target can be on additional deepening the fraternal bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Afghan peace course of, and regional financial improvement and connectivity,” stated a Pakistani assertion.

Khan will likely be accompanied by Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his adviser on commerce and funding, Razzaq Dawood.

The Pakistani prime minister’s go to comes at a time of heightened engagement between the 2 neighbours, with quite a few Afghan authorities officers visiting Pakistan within the previous months, together with Afghan peace chief Abdullah Abdullah, speaker of Afghanistan’s decrease home of Parliament Rahman Rahmani and Commerce Minister Nisar Ahmad Ghoraini.

In October, Pakistan additionally hosted Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the chief of the Hizb-e-Islami, an armed group that laid down weapons in 2016.

Agenda of talks

The peace talks between Afghan authorities negotiators and the Afghan Taliban within the Qatari capital Doha will likely be in focus throughout Khan’s go to.

Historic talks between the 2 sides to finish a 19-year struggle in Afghanistan kicked off in September after the US had earlier signed an settlement with the Afghan Taliban in February.

Whereas the talks proceed, progress has been gradual, and each side are but to agree on a framework for easy methods to proceed.

On Tuesday, the US introduced it will be sharply lowering the variety of US troops in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 earlier than present President Donald Trump leaves workplace in mid-January, accelerating the nation’s army disengagement.

The announcement got here as there was an uptick in violence, with the Taliban persevering with to hold out assaults focusing on authorities leaders, safety forces and civilians.

Following the US announcement, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned {that a} “hasty” withdrawal by the USA, which lead’s NATO’s coalition in Afghanistan, may result in additional violence.

“We now face a troublesome choice. We’ve got been in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years, and no NATO ally desires to remain any longer than essential. However on the identical time, the value for leaving too quickly or in an uncoordinated manner could possibly be very excessive,” Stoltenberg said in a press release on Monday.

Additionally prone to be on the agenda for Thursday’s talks will likely be latest Pakistani allegations that India, with whom it has fought three full-scale wars for the reason that two nations gained independence, has used Afghan soil to “sponsor terrorism” in Pakistan.

On Sunday, a day after the allegations have been made, Afghanistan’s overseas ministry “strongly rejected” the accusations.

“The Ministry of Overseas Affairs, after fastidiously reviewing the video of the press convention, rejects the allegation and reiterates that there’s completely no proof that Malik (Feraydoon Khan) Mohmand, one of many tribal leaders of Nangarhar province, was concerned within the terrorist assaults on the Peshawar Agricultural College,” stated the Afghan assertion.