First Pak, Afghan Joint Working Groups meeting being held in Kabul

First meeting of Pakistan and Afghanistan Joint Working Groups is being held in Kabul on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Foreign office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will lead the Pakistani delegation.

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.

‘Pakistan had proposed five joint working groups, which focus on ensuring comprehensive engagement for countering terrorism, intelligence sharing, military, economy, trade and transit interaction, refugee repatriation and connectivity,’ Dr Faisal was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.

Pakistan has always maintained that there is no military path to peace and stability in Afghanistan and only an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process will ensure peace there, he added.

Dr Faisal said, ‘It is time for international community to remember the plight of millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, who have been displaced from their homes due to decades of violence. They must return to their homes honorably. More violence in Afghanistan will only delay their dream of uniting with their loved ones.


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