Pakistan PM, Afghan president discuss counter-terrorism operations
Islamabad, Feb 23 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Monday telephoned Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the region.
According to sources, the two also reviewed Pakistan-Afghanistan ties and matters of mutual interest, Geo TV reported.
On Feb 21, President Ghani sought Pakistan´s cooperation as Afghanistan planned to lay the groundwork for peace with Taliban insurgents, the latest sign of improving ties between the two nations.
Afghanistan “appreciates Pakistan´s recent efforts in paving the ground for peace and reconciliation”, Ghani said in a statement.
“We welcome the recent position Pakistan has taken in pronouncing Afghanistan’s enemy as Pakistan’s.”
He cited two major recent attacks as helping to bring the countries closer together — one in Yahya Khel in Afghanistan in November that left nearly 50 people dead, and a Taliban massacre at a school in the Pakistan city of Peshawar in December that killed 153, mostly children.