Afghan president vows new security plan for Kabul

Afghan president vows new security plan for Kabul

Kerry Wise
February 4, 2018

According to Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua is leading a delegation to Kabul to attend " Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Solidarity".

Top-level civilian and military officials from Islamabad and Kabul on Saturday agreed to some points of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) and chose to continue discussions to reach an agreement on the entire blueprint for bilateral engagement.

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

This comes days after a high-level Afghan delegation visited Pakistan.

In a televised speech to the nation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday alleged that the "centre of Taliban terrorism is in Pakistan" and demanded that authorities in the neighbouring country "show some concrete action to rid their territory of insurgents", reported the Dawn.

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Analysts say there is no doubt that the Taliban are making steady gains across the country at the expense of embattled, US- and NATO-backed Afghan government forces.

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.

The NSC expressed the resolve to forge ahead despite difficulties with positive engagement with Afghanistan, including the already planned visit of the Pakistani delegation to Kabul on 3rd February 2018, for discussions on Pakistan's proposed "Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Solidarity".

Kabul also accused Islamabad of harboring the Taliban, who are allegedly being trained in Islamic seminaries in southwestern Pakistan.