Delegation to Visit Pakistan In Bid To Halt Rocket Attacks


An official Afghan delegation is expected to leave for Islamabad on Tuesday in a bid to get the Pakistani military to halt their rocket attack offensive against Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

The delegation includes a member of the National Security Council (NSC), the Deputy Chief of the Ministry of Defense’s (MOD) operation department and a border commander, deputy spokesman for the MoD, Dawlat Waziri said.

The delegation will meet Pakistani officials to discuss cross-border issues and to discuss the Pakistani military’s latest rocket attack assault on Afghanistan, said officials.

Recently, a new chapter opened in terms of relations between Kabul and Islamabad following the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG). Despite warming ties, Pakistan has continued to fire rockets.

“A delegation from Afghanistan which includes a representative from National Security Council and Border Police has left to Pakistan to talk with the country’s officials,” Waziri said.

He emphasized that the delegation will focus on the issue of military operations against Afghanistan.

“The other important issue that they are going to discuss is the recent rocket attacks from Pakistan and also the issue of coordination in operations alongside the border,” he added.

This comes after an official from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday said that the Pakistani military fired 16 rockets into south-eastern Paktika on Sunday night.

However, Jawid Kohistani, an Afghan political analyst urged the government to no longer trust Pakistan. He accused Pakistani government of playing a double game with Afghanistan.

Pakistan first launched cross-border attacks on Afghan soil – in the eastern provinces – in 2010. Pakistani officials have however long denied the attacks, or claimed they were in response to attacks by militants originating in Afghanistan.

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