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Pak-Afghan Joint Working Group meeting in Kabul on Saturday: FO

ISLAMABAD -UNS – During the weekly press briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal announced that the first meeting of Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Working Groups will be held in Kabul on Saturday where Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will lead the Pakistani delegation.

He said Pakistan had proposed five joint working groups, which focus on ensuring comprehensive engagement for countering terrorism, intelligence sharing, military, economy, trade and transit interaction, refugee repatriation and connectivity.

Dr Faisal said Pakistan has always maintained that there is no military path to peace and stability in Afghanistan and only an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process will ensure peace there.

He said the endless cycle of violence in Afghanistan for decades has and will only add to the woes of people of that country, including the Afghan refugees in Pakistan, who will not be able to return to their homes.

Responding to a question, the spokesperson said it is up to Afghanistan to reach settlement among different Afghan groups. Pakistan will continue to support such efforts.

To a question about Pak-US relations, the spokesperson said we wish for strong relations with the United States based on mutual respect and friendship and do not expect assistance to be the yardstick of measuring bilateral relations.

The spokesperson said Pakistan looks forward to mutually beneficial partnership with all countries and its foreign policy reflects the aspirations of its people and serves its national interests.

He said Pakistan has taken indiscriminate action against all terrorist groups with the commitment to eradicate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

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