Islamabad, Kabul reaffirms collective resolve against combating terrorism

Gov’t decides to open two new border crossings along Pak-Iran border

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Senior Afghan and Pakistani diplomats have agreed on enhancing joint counter-terrorism measures.

A Pakistani delegation, led by Ambassador (R) Mohammad Sadiq held talks with Afghanistan’s Special Representative for Pakistan Omar Daudzai and National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib.

At the meeting in Kabul on Sunday, the two sides discussed bilateral relations, including peace negotiations, Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Transit trade and joint steps against the menace of terrorism also came up for discussion, the state-run news agency reported.

Earlier in the day, the Sadiq-led team arrived in Kabul for discussions with the Afghan officials on peace, security and related matters.

 

 

On the other hand, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed says the government has decided to open two new border crossings at Chowk Aap and Jalgi (Buleda) on Pak-Iran border.

He stated this in a tweet after a meeting with Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal in Islamabad on Monday.

The Interior Minister said the border crossings will not only help boost bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran but also promote tourism in the area.

Earlier this week, Pakistan and Iran opened the Pishin-Mand border crossing point in Kech district on Wednesday for facilitating trade between the two countries. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Zubaida Jalal termed the opening of another crossing point in just six months a landmark and a historical day for the people of Pakistan, especially of Balochistan. “The opening of a new border crossing point shows the promotion of historic relations between two brother Muslim countries under the leadership of [Prime Minister] Imran Khan,” she said.

She said the opening of the Pishin-Mand crossing point would not only increase the volume of trade between the two countries but also create ample jobs for the people of the area. “The increase in bilateral and barter trade through the new gateway would benefit the local people while legal trade would also be promoted,” she said, adding that the new border crossing point would bring about development and prosperity in the border districts.

Mohammad Islami said Pakistan and Iran enjoyed close ties and the opening of the Pishin-Mand border crossing point would further strengthen the relations and enhance cultural activities.

 

The Iranian minister said the main objective of his country’s foreign policy was to promote trade relations with neighboring countries so that people could improve their economic conditions by involving themselves in trade. He said Iran had around 900km-long border with Pakistan and wanted to open more border crossing points.

 

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