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Atmar discusses peace plan in Islamabad

AT-KABUL: National Security Adviser, Haneef Atmar flew to Islamabad to discuss the implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity with the Pakistani officials, said an official from the Security Council office.

Afghan government calls the action plan “important”, frequently emphasizing on its implementation by Pakistani side.

“This is the third time that senior officials from the two countries are discussing the implementation of the action plan, security challenges in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region,” said the Security Council Spokesman, Qader Shah on Sunday.

He added that Atmar was not scheduled to meet Pakistani political leaders.

Pakistan Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his March visit to Kabul, met President Ashraf Ghani, in which they agreed to finalize the action plan as soon as possible.

Fight against terrorism and security cooperation, political cooperation, peace process, development of joint economic programs, reduction of violence and voluntarily repatriation of Afghan migrants from Pakistan are also scheduled to be discussed in Atmar’s visit.

Atmar’s Pakistan visit was the matter of Sunday’s session of senators, in which deputy head of senate called it a “waste of time” that would not have fruitful consequences.

“These visits and meetings have not put positive impacts over the situation in Afghanistan particularly in the reduction of violence. Pakistanis have just kept Afghan government and people busy and have used the opportunity,” said Alam Izadyar.

He asked the government officials to clearly explain the demands of Afghanistan to get clear results.

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