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Afghan soil won’t be used towards Pakistan, Taliban guarantee NSA

Moeed Yusuf visits Afghanistan to discuss matters of mutual interest
The interim Afghan Taliban authorities on Saturday assured a Pakistani delegation headed by the nationwide safety adviser that the Afghan soil wouldn’t be allowed to make use of towards the neighbouring international locations, together with Pakistan.

The reassurance was given by Afghanistan performing Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi throughout a gathering with NSA Dr Moeed Yusuf, who was main an inter-ministerial delegation to primarily assess humanitarian wants of Afghanistan and focus on financial points.

He was accompanied by Particular Envoy on Afghanistan Ambassador Muhmmad Sadiq and different senior officers.

Moeed was the second excessive rating official to have visited Kabul after the Afghan Taliban takeover in August final yr. In October final yr, Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi undertook a go to to Kabul.

The go to by the NSA got here towards the backdrop of spike in terrorist assaults carried out by the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Pakistan is anxious that the TTP remains to be utilizing the Afghan soil to launch assaults towards Pakistan.

Yusuf had informed the Nationwide Meeting Standing Committee on Overseas Affairs that organised terrorist networks had been nonetheless working on the Afghan soil, which was nonetheless getting used towards Pakistan.

He informed the parliamentarians that the TTP had unilaterally scrapped a ceasefire settlement with the federal government.

However an announcement issued by the Taliban authorities quoted the Afghan deputy prime minister as telling the Pakistani delegation that “Coverage of the Islamic Emirate is evident that we’ll not permit anybody to make use of Afghan soil towards neighbours and different international locations. We additionally demand related motion from others”.

The Afghan Taliban had earlier brokered a ceasefire between Pakistan and the TTP however a month lengthy truce ended with out a lot progress within the peace talks.

Since then Pakistan has introduced resumption of operations towards the TTP and stated struggle towards them would proceed until their risk is eradicated.

The 2 sides additionally reviewed bilateral ties between, with deal with financial, commerce cooperation and connectivity.

The Afghan deputy prime minister stated Pakistan and Afghanistan are two “neighbouring and brotherly international locations which have historic, non secular and brotherly relations and I hope that the connection shall be sturdy and can proceed within the environment of brotherhood”.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan desires good relations with Pakistan on mutual respect and promotion of commerce and transit relations,” Hanfi added.

He additionally thanked Pakistan for serving to Afghan refugees and internet hosting them. “We would like relations with Pakistan and all regional international locations on the idea of mutual respect and goodwill wherein commerce and transit relations will additional enhance.”

The Afghan deputy prime minister urged the Pakistani merchants and buyers to put money into Afghanistan vitality, mines and agriculture sectors.

Moeed mentioned Pakistani efforts to assist revive the Afghan financial system and deal with the humanitarian crises unfolding within the nation.

The NSA visited Kabul on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan to evaluate the humanitarian scenario on the bottom and the way Pakistan may help stop a human disaster.

Pakistan has been advocating engagement with the Afghan Taliban and likewise searching for overseas property of Afghanistan to be unfreezed.

Additionally, Prime Minister Imran stated the worldwide neighborhood ought to consider 40 million Afghans no matter they just like the Afghan Taliban or not.

“The [NSA] could have a number of official conferences to strengthen humanitarian & [economic] engagement,” he stated.