THE leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan promised to work together on regional security in a meeting last Friday (6), a day after Kabul accused the Pakistani military of carrying out an air strike on its side of the border.
Afghanistan last Thursday (5) accused Pakistan of strikes causing “huge financial damages” in a province bordering Pakistan. Pakistan responded that its security forces were countering Afghan-based militant groups on its own side of the border.
The row highlighted the mistrust between the neighbours that centres on mutual accusations that the other country does not adequately prevent cross-border militant attacks.
But last week’s visit by Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Kabul included “cordial and friendly” talks, Abbasi’s office said in a statement. It added that the leaders agreed on a common aim of regional security.
Ghani, in a statement, said he raised the issue of border violations with Abbasi and stressed that the situation was not helpful to either side.
A day earlier, Afghanistan alleged that Pakistan jets had dropped four bombs in the Afghan border province of Kunar and warned that such strikes could damage relations.
The strikes did not cause any deaths or injuries, said Faridullah Dehqan, spokesman for Kunar police.