Senior Afghan Delegation to Visit Pakistan Amid Tense Relations

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:36 Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 16:51 Written by Sayed Abbas Kazemi


A high-ranking Afghan delegation is expected to visit Pakistan tomorrow, Thursday, in the hope of determining future relations between Kabul and Islamabad, officials said on Wednesday.

Afghan intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil, acting defense minister Masoom Stanekzai and foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani are among the members of the delegation, a source close to government told TOLOnews on condition of anonymity.

The unnamed source added this would be a critical visit and possibly the last for Afghan officials who want to know exactly what Pakistan's policy towards Afghanistan is.

The visit is taking place on the heels of soured relations between the neighboring countries following a barrage of deadly attacks on Kabul in the past week. This after relations appeared to have improved following the establishment of the National Unity Government 10 months ago.

Addressing the nation on Monday, Ghani stated that Friday's Shah Shaheed bombing - which left 15 people dead and over 400 mostly civilians injured - was unacceptable and that it was a game changer for the country.

Ghani said the only message he was getting from Pakistan was one of war and that so long as there was bloodshed in the country, the relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan meant nothing.

He warned that as the Peshawar school attack had been a game changer for Pakistan, the recent Kabul attacks, targeting civilians, had also changed the face of insurgency for Afghanistan.

Source : tolonews[dot]com
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