Pakistan’s caretaker Foreign Minister, Jalil Abbas Jilani, reaffirmed the nation’s dedication to sustaining ongoing engagement with Afghanistan. The statement followed a meeting with Mullah Shirin, the Governor of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, in Islamabad. Jilani emphasized the importance of addressing all issues to unlock the full potential for trade and connectivity between the two countries.
The meeting took place amidst a surge in terror incidents in Pakistan, with over 1,500 casualties reported in 789 attacks and counter-terrorism operations in 2023, according to the Annual Security Report by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS). Data from the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) showed an 81% increase in terror-related casualties compared to 2022, reflecting a changing trend.
Pakistan has consistently urged the Taliban-led Afghan administration to prevent its soil from being used against Pakistan and take effective measures against groups like Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Pakistan accuses these banned militant organizations of conducting attacks on civilians and security forces inside Pakistan, an allegation denied by the Afghan side.
The Afghan embassy in Islamabad announced that the sixth round of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) would discuss the resolution of potential conflicts along the Durand Line and the establishment of essential facilities for people on both sides.
Tensions between the two neighboring countries have risen due to increased terror attacks in Pakistan, which Pakistan attributes to safe havens inside Afghanistan. In response, Pakistan’s caretaker government decided to expel millions of Afghan refugees residing in the country, a move met with resistance from the Taliban administration. The diplomatic engagement between Pakistan and Afghanistan aims to address these challenges and foster better relations.