Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday along with a delegation paid a day-long visit to Kabul wherein during talks with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the two sides agreed on the importance of Afghan owned & Afghan led peace process.
The prime minister also invited the Afghan president for an official visit to Pakistan at his earliest convenience. "They agreed that there was no military solution to the ongoing Afghan conflict and that the political solution was the best way forward", said the statement. In the near-term, expect both countries to tentatively boost bilateral economic cooperation, particularly in regard to small-scale investments in Afghan infrastructure; however, no major investment initiatives are expected.
Pakistan said it aspires to deepen people to people contacts.
The two leaders discussed the entire gamut of Pak-Afghan relations including peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, counter-terrorism, return of Afghan refugees, bilateral trade and regional connectivity.
Later, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani offered Jumma prayers at Arg mosque.
The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to regional connectivity as they had done in Herat on 23rd February 2018 while jointly inaugurating the entry of TAPI Gas Pipeline from Turkmenistan into Afghanistan.
The two sides conferred on initiating work on the Quetta-Kandahar and Peshawar-Jalalabad railway lines, as well as the Peshawar-Jalalabad-Kabul highway.
This is the PM's first visit to Afghanistan.
Pakistan has been under pressure from Kabul and Washington to stop offering safe havens to militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan, a charge Islamabad denies.
Hours before the premier's visit, Afghanistan accused the Pakistan Air Force of violating its airspace.
"Pakistan urges Afghanistan to focus on taking effective counter-terrorism actions, including plugging in of large gaps existing along the Afghan side of Pakistan-Afghanistan border", the statement said, adding that "it is also important that the Afghan government should refrain from the blame game".
The two leaders agreed that the APAPPS would provide a useful framework for broad based and structured engagement on all issues of mutual interest and made a decision to operationalize the five working groups under APAPPS.