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Enhanced Afghan-Pak relations important for counterterrorism

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Enhanced Afghan-Pak relations important for counterterrorism
 Earlier this week Pakistani foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that in order to improve Pak-Afghan relations, Islamabad had suggested a ‘Pakistan-Afghanistan Action Plan for Solidarity’ to Kabul. The document offers a comprehensive plan for “constructive and meaningful” engagement between the two countries through working groups in areas of politics, economy, military, intelligence sharing and refugee issues, explained the spokesman.
Meanwhile in an interview with Voice of America on Friday, the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal said there was a gradual improvement in Kabul-Islamabad relations, adding a delegation led by the Wolesi Jirga speaker would be visiting Pakistan later in the month.
The Ambassador also said that to achieve peace there would be need to identify the enemies, their intentions and goals. According to ambassador, Taliban today are not the Taliban of Mullah Omar, as they had some religious commitments and certain values, but today’s Taliban included drug barons.
Afghanistan and Pakistan share a nearly 2,600 kilometer, largely porous border and frequently accuse each other of not preventing militant terrorist activities on their respective soils.The allegations and counter allegations have led to the deterioration of bilateral relations, causing mutual acrimony and tension, and undermining economic and trade cooperation.
Afghanistan’s peaceful future depends to a great extent on an auspicious regional environment, with Pakistan at its core. Vice versa, an unstable Afghanistan will complicate Pakistan’s ability to refurbish its weak state and economy and suppress dangerous internal militancy. 
Afghanistan’s location at the crossroads of the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia has for centuries made a friendly neighborhood elusive. Although religious, ethnic, economic, and cultural ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan run deep and wide, the two countries have frequently been at odds with one another. 
Current US Afghan policy sees Pakistan’s role in the country as part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Washington has time and again claimed that Pakistan is one of the major reasons that peace in Afghanistan remains a distant reality. This assumption forms the basis of Washington’s new policy, which seeks to extract cooperation from Pakistan by introducing anentirely new threat dimension. The new threat that Washington is looking to throw at Pakistan is tied with Pakistan’s strategic security concerns and the country’s economic lifeline.
Pakistan is required to reach a common ground over the peace initiative in Afghanistan with other stakeholders, including the US and include all important aspects of both the bilateral relations and the peace process in Afghanistan. 
Pakistan needs to do all it can to convince the Taliban for a ceasefire. The country will be able to play a crucial role in the peace process if it manages to convince the Taliban for cease of the insurgency in Afghanistan. 
Every start of fighting seasons brings tensions into the relations between the two countries and directly harms the Afghan peace process, thus, Pakistan is required to take sincere steps in establishing peace and stability in the region and give up support to terrorists.