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Afghan Envoy Dismisses Reports on Ghani’s phone call Rejection with Pak PM Abbasi

(Last Updated On: January 31, 2018)

Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal has denied reports of President Ashraf Ghani rejected a phone call from Pakistani Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

“Not True- no phone call has been taken place. Following recent horrific terrorist attacks in Kabul PM Abassi conveyed a message to President Ghani to which it was responded to by high powered personal delegation by the President to meet the PM today,” Zakhilwal tweeted.

Zakhilwal has also expressed surprise about Islamabad announcement over handing over Taliban and Haqqani network suspects to Kabul in 2017.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office has announced that Pakistan handed over more than two dozen suspects belonging to the Taliban and their affiliated Haqqani network to Afghanistan last year.

“This certainly is news to me! It would be a huge step forward in our important bilateral relations if this indeed happens,” Zakhilwal tweeted.

The interior minister and the chief of National Directorate of Security (NDS) along with officials have left for Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistani officials.

Reports suggest that the Afghan high-level delegation will present documentary evidence and phone tap information linking individuals and groups based in Pakistan with the Kabul attacks.

Earlier, Afghan officials had claimed that the upsurge of atrocities on their land is a direct response to the Trump administration’s suspension of aid for the Pakistani military.

The Afghan government also maintained there was Pakistani collusion in the suicide bombing at the weakened that used an ambulance that killed and wounded more than hundreds of civilians in Kabul.

Afghanistan’s envoy to the U.S., Majeed Qarar noted Pakistan’s involvement in the recent attack on Kabul.

According to Qarar, Pakistan has been buying military-grade weapons from international companies and selling them to Taliban. 

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