Pakistan-Afghanistan joint counter terrorism ops on cards

Pakistan-Afghanistan joint counter terrorism ops on cards

Afghan and Pakistani officials at a meeting in London on Thursday agreed to form a joint mechanism to fight the common threat of terrorism, media reports say. 

The National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Britain's National Security Adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant and Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz attended the meeting which took place on Thursday. Their first meeting was held on Wednesday, the reports said.

Aziz said at the meeting that his country wants to see a stable and peaceful Afghanistan and remains keen to resolve all the outstanding issues in the interest of regional peace and stability.

A spokesman of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) where the meeting was arranged has confirmed that the meetings took place but did not release details.

"We can confirm the meetings took place but we don't comment on the nature of NSA meetings," the spokesman said as quoted by Pakistani media.

At the meeting, Mark Lyall Grant asked both countries to ease tensions and work together to defeat the common challenges of security and terrorism. 

He told both the countries that future of both countries was linked; therefore, it was important to cooperate.

This comes after Pakistan has closed the Torkham and Spin Boldak crossings in protest to a series of insurgent attacks in that country.