PESHAWAR, 12 May: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has paid an official visit to Kabul today.

He was accompanied by Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and other political and diplomatic officials. After his meeting with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the premier while addressing a joint press conference, said that both the countries are fighting the same kind of enemies, this is why they should make joint efforts to restore peace in the region.

The Inter-Services Public Relations said that the army chief would take up with Kabul the involvement of Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in terrorism in Pakistan, using Afghan soil.

A Peshawar-based senior journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai has termed the recent visit as extremely significant. “Pakistan has concerns that the India uses Afghan soil against Pakistan. Islamabad will take up this issue with Kabul. Pakistan wants Afghan assurance on this issue. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wants good ties with Pakistan, but some of the people in his government are not on the same page with him. Pakistan says that it has developed good relations with Afghan intelligence people and they have started intelligence sharing. This is a new and welcoming phenomenon between the two countries. Both the countries have apprehensions against each other which need to be removed for trust-building.”


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