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Pakistan and Afghanistan discuss issues of ‘Mutual Concerns’

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

A senior Taliban aide, Mullah Shirin Akhund, held discussions with Pakistani authorities in Islamabad on Wednesday to address escalating tensions related to cross-border terrorism.

Mullah Shirin, who serves as the Taliban governor for Kandahar and the deputy head of Taliban intelligence, made a significant visit to Islamabad, marking the first senior Taliban figure to do so in recent months.

The talks, lasting over three hours, covered various critical topics, including issues like the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), border security, and the deportation of undocumented Afghans.

During the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting, led by Ambassador Asif Durrani from Pakistan and Mullah Shirin from Afghanistan, both sides avoided explicitly mentioning sensitive matters, seemingly aimed at avoiding further escalation.

Pakistan’s Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani also met separately with Mullah Shirin, focusing on “peace and security” and addressing “issues of mutual concerns,” as stated by the Foreign Office.

Jilani reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to continued engagement and strong ties with Afghanistan, while Mullah Shirin acknowledged Pakistan’s support for Afghan refugees and expressed the Taliban’s commitment to maintaining high-level engagement.

The Taliban delegation also participated in the 6th session of the Pakistan-Afghanistan JCC, discussing coordination mechanisms to facilitate cross-border movement and promote people-to-people contacts.

Tensions between the two neighboring countries have risen due to allegations that Kabul is unable to control the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliates, leading to calls from Pakistan for action against terrorist havens and differing claims from the Taliban government regarding foreign involvement in Afghan terrorism.

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