Afghan, Pak intelligence chiefs hold talks to build mutual trust

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Islamabad, Feb. 4 (ANI): Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief Masoud Andarabi on Thursday visited Pakistan for bilateral talks with Director General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, on building mutual trust for effective sharing of intelligence and counterterrorism cooperation.

According to Voice of America (VoA), the Pakistani side claimed it presented “evidence” to show that fugitive Pakistani militants were using Afghan soil for attacking Pakistan.

Pakistan had earlier alleged that the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University on January 20 resulting in death of 21 people mostly students, was planned and directed from the eastern Afghan border region.

Though no immediate response came from Afghan authorities, but Kabul denied the charges of its soil being used to plan attacks against Pakistan.

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Years of mistrust and suspicions have flawed the bilateral relations between both the countries, preventing both Pakistan and Afghanistan from establishing closer security ties to counter terrorism.

A high-level Afghan military delegation had earlier visited Pakistani army headquarters in Rawalpindi for talks on both security and border management issues. (ANI)

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