Pakistan - Afghanistan restore track II dialogues

Pakistan - Afghanistan restore track II dialogues

PESHAWAR - Pakistan has been doing its utmost sincere efforts to restore the ties with the neighbouring Afghanistan in order to bring peace at its western borders.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa had also visited Kabul in the recent past and met with the Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, following which Pakisan and Afghanistan have restored the bilateral talks.

Today a 12-member Afghan delegation has arrived in Islamabad to take part in a track-II dialogue on irritants between the neighbors.

The three-day Pakistan Afghanistan Track 1.5/ II initiative -- Beyond Boundaries -- is set to begin today (Monday), the Islamabad-based Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) said.

The CRSS and Safewrold, a UK-based organisation, have jointly organised the dialogue, which is taking place amid signs of improvement in bilateral relations.

Peace and security, consequences of recent terrorist attack in Afghanistan, economic ties and regional connectivity are the main issues on the agenda. Tensions between Kabul and Islamabad are also affecting traders and refugees.

The visiting delegates will meet Pakistani ministers and foreign ministry officials in addition to an interaction with university students in Islamabad.

The Afghan delegation includes advisor to Chief Executive on Trade and Regional Cooperation Mozammil Shinwari, members of parliament and ex-Taliban ambassador Abdul Hakeem Mujahid.

Co-Chairman and President of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chambers of Commerce and Industries Khan Jan Alokozai, former governor of Nangarhar Saleem Khan Kunduzi and representative of CEO on migration Sekander are also part of the team.