Jilani reaffirms pledge to ‘mutually beneficial ties’ with Afghanistan

In a meeting with senior Afghan Taliban official Mullah Shirin Akhund on Wednesday, interim Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to “continued engagement and mutually beneficial ties with Afghanistan”.
In a post on social media platform X, FM Jilani said he had a “productive meeting” with Akhund, who is the governor of Kandahar and the strategic intelligence deputy of the Afghan defence ministry.

“Also stressed imperatives of addressing all issues to harness full potential for trade and connectivity,” he said. Earlier, a high-level delegation of the Taliban-led Afghan government arrived in Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistani officials as part of the efforts to reduce the tensions between the two countries amid a rise in Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s terror activities in the country.

The delegation will attend the Joint Coordination Council meeting. The sources added that officials and dignitaries from both sides will deliberate on ways to reduce tensions between the two countries during the JCC meeting.