ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Putting an end to months-long deadlock with Pakistani government Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is once again ready to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bid to revive bilateral ties with Islamabad, Daily Pakistan Global has learnt.
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According to a source privy to information, Ashraf Ghani gave a green signal to meeting with Nawaz Sharif during dialogue with a Pakistani delegation which included Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and Qaumi Watan Party’s (QWP) Aftab Khan Sherpao. Afghan President however maintained that Kabul will not compromise its sovereignty and independence to take decisions at any cast.
The delegation had met Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad prior to their departure to Kabul earlier this week.
Following the development Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Ashraf Ghani are expected to meet in Paris, where the two leaders will be present to attend United Nations’ 21st Climate Change Conference from November 30.
Ghani may also visit Islamabad or send a high-level delegation to attend Heart of Asia conference, which will also take up matters related to peace in Afghanistan, in first week of December, the source added.
Earlier a same request of meeting was made through UK Prime Minister David Cameron, but Ashraf Ghani refused to meet Pakistani side until it gives of ‘hatching conspiracies’ against Kabul.
The relationship between two countries was badly damaged when Ashraf Ghani blamed Pakistan for supporting the Afghan Taliban in carrying out suicide blasts in Kabul.
Ghani’s statement was further followed by Islamabad’s accusation that an attack on PAF Badaber base was planned and controlled from Afghanistan.
The governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan have been communicating through ‘backdoor channels’ to get the ties back on track.
However the Afghan side showed reluctance towards taking any measurement in this regard dismissing the requests of meetings from top Pakistani leadership.