‘We can allay each other’s concerns,’ Afghan NSA tells Gen Bajwa

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Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Sunday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the bilateral relations and particularly the operationalisation of recently concluded Afghan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS), an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, issued on Sunday night, read.

The meeting happened hours after a final Constitutional prerequisite for the merger of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) was fulfilled as KP Assembly validated the bill already passed by the National Assembly as well as the Senate.

The Afghanistan government had opposed the proposed merger of Fata with KP, the Foreign Office, however, had rejected the statement issued by the official Afghan press agency against the merger. “Our parliament’s decision reflects the will of the people of Pakistan. The principles of non-interference and non-intervention in the conduct of bilateral relations need be scrupulously adhered to by Afghanistan,” read the FO statement.

 

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