Pak-Afghan Joint Working Group agrees to continue talks for peace in region

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Working Group has agreed to continue talks for improving bilateral ties and ensuring peace in the region.

According to media reports, the joint statement after the inaugural meeting of the Group stated that the meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere and both the sides emphasised the need for carrying forward the proposal of finalising a Pak-Afghan Joint Action Plan for peace in the region. The Pakistani delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, while Afghan side was led by deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai.

The Joint Working Group has been established by both the countries for devising joint strategy for eliminating terrorism, improving law and order, return of Afghan refugees and economic development.

During the meeting, Pakistan condemned the recent terror attacks in Kabul and offered to conduct joint probe with the Afghan government. Pakistan also urged the Afghan government to take action against militants launching attacks in Pakistan.

The next meeting of the Joint Working Group will be held in Islamabad on 9-10 February. The Joint Working Group meetings are being held amid tension between the two countries over Afghan allegations that the recent terror attacks in Kabul were planned in Pakistan.

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