By: Lailuma Noori
Director General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed and the country’s deputy foreign minister Sohail Mahmood in unannounced visit to Kabul called on Afghanistan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Muhib.
According to National Security Council office, in the meeting, both sides discussed improvement and normalization of relations between the two countries.
Kabir Haqmal, a spokesperson to the National Security Council, confirmed the meeting in a tweet and said that the two sides discussed ways of normalizing relations between the two countries.
Director General of Pakistan’s ISI and deputy foreign minister’s visit to Kabul comes amid of increasing tensions between the two countries in particular after Afghanistan ambassador to Islamabad was summoned by DG of Pakistan’s ISI and continuation of mortar shelling on Afghanistan soil by the country’s militaries.
The agenda of talks, according to sources, included the dispute over an Afghan market in Peshawar, border firing incidents and mutual allegations of harassment of diplomats.
The government of Afghanistan had last month protested over a police raid on the market in Peshawar following an ownership dispute over the property. Afghanistan had then also closed its consulate in Peshawar.
Kabir Haqmal said the two sides in their talks in Kabul had decided to set up a committee to resolve the market dispute.
Afghanistan hopes Pakistan officials set their diplomacy based on mechanisms. There are visions that key part of ongoing challenges in security issues will be modified and ways will be paved for solution of gaps through diplomatic channels between the two countries.
In consideration to impact of tensions in relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the neighboring country should make use of logic and follow the right path of diplomacy with Afghanistan as improvement of international relations, security and economic issues, cultural relations and international agreements can pave the way for normalization of relations between countries.
Besides, role of Pakistan and its increasing relations with terrorist groups in particular Taliban and Haqqani Network is significant for Afghanistan ongoing peace process. For the past four decades, Afghanistan has been facing with security challenges. Now, Afghanistan government officials are trying to find a solution way to end the ongoing war and misery in the country.
Although Pakistan officials have always stressed on helping Afghanistan in peace and counter terrorist groups, it has seen that they do not abide by their commitments and act unlike their pledges as mortal shelling on Afghanistan soil by the country’s militaries is still ongoing time by time. Pakistan should know that respect to national sovereignty and territory is one the principles of international relations, while the principle of mutual respect has been continually violated by Pakistan. The country should start a new chapter of friendship brotherhood with Afghanistan and observe all principles of international relations and relations between nations.