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Afghanistan Rejects Recent Remarks by Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson

(Last Updated On: December 15, 2017)

The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Friday rejected recent remarks by Pakistan’s Foreign Office that the two countries have agreed to place liaison officers at each other’s army headquarters.

“So far, we haven’t made such a decision. But, it would be great if Pakistan carry out its own responsibilities within its soil,” Mohammad Radmanish, the deputy spokesman for the defense ministry said.

On Thursday, the Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal, during a press briefing said that his country has shared a proposal to President Ashraf Ghani under the name of “Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Solidarity” which determines bilateral engagement between the two countries “through the working groups in the areas of political, economic, military, intelligence, and refugee issues”.

He confirmed that a formal reply from the government of Afghanistan is awaited.

But claimed that the two country had agreed to place liaison officers at each other’s army headquarters and to establish Ground Coordination Centers (GCCs).

Afghan officials, blaming Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups and providing safe havens for the Taliban and Haqqani Network in its soil, say that Afghan-Pak relations are still tense.

“Pakistan wanted to infiltrate to Afghanistan’s army and intelligence since a long time in order to get benefit for itself. I will never believe that Afghan government would commit such a betrayal to let Pakistanis to have a center inside the Afghan army,” political expert Ahmad Saidi said.

By Hesamuddin Hesam & Lyda Niazi

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