Pakistan calls Kabul to engage in cooperation, refrain from blame game

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Top-level civilian and military officials from Islamabad and Kabul on Saturday agreed to some points of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) and chose to continue discussions to reach an agreement on the entire blueprint for bilateral engagement.

On Wednesday, top Afghan security officials rushed to Islamabad with "undeniable proof" of Pakistan-based terrorists' involvement in recent assaults in Kabul that claimed close to 200 lives last month.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office in Islamabad issued a Joint Press Release on the meeting of High level Afghan and Pakistan delegations in Kabul.

The first meeting of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Working Groups will be held in Kabul on Saturday, an official said.

"We have made clear to the Pakistani government our expectations for them to take action against terrorists that are in sanctuaries in Pakistan, to reduce the pressure and the threat of violence in Afghanistan", he said.

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Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan, who recently returned from a visit to strife-torn Afghanistan, said the USA also expects Pakistan to contribute to a lasting and enduring peace in the region. Pakistan also emphasised the need for strengthening border management on the Afghan side.

Smoke billowing from the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 27.

The Foreign Office's statement, as well as the National Security Committee's (NSC) meeting, echoed the sentiment of solidarity even in the backdrop of a recent spate of attacks in the Afghan capital and subsequent accusations by the Afghan authorities, with their president's the latest.

Mourners carry the coffin of a relative who died in a deadly attack a day earlier in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.

Dr Mohammad Faisal said the visiting delegation urged Afghanistan to avoid of indulging in blame game and engage in concrete cooperation with its neighbour.

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