'No Progress' Achieved in Afghan Delegation Visit to Pakistan

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan refugees’ choice

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan refugees’ choice

When asked about Trump's allegations, Asif said that Pakistan wanted better ties with the US.

The talks in Islamabad took place under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) - a joint action plan for cooperation in the key areas of counter-terrorism and reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation, refugees' repatriation and joint economic development, Pakistan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Pentagon and Kabul have long accused Pakistan of harboring terrorists, something that Islamabad denies.

Despite more than $8.5 billion in USA taxpayer funds spent on counternarcotics activities in Afghanistan since the war began, the Muslim-majority country remains the world's top supplier of opium and heroin.

"Less than 10 percent of the fence planned along the 1,456 miles (2,343 kilometers) of mountainous border with Afghanistan has been completed so far due to financial constraints", acknowledges Bloomberg. In January, Trump suspended a whopping $2 billion worth of military aid to the nuclear-armed nation and accused Pakistan of thanking the U.S. for its continual funding with "lies and deceit".

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that the fencing along the porous Pak-Afghan border will stop cross border infiltration of militants and help eliminate terrorism. He called on the United States to assist with the fencing and repatriation of the Afghan refugees.

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan have denounced the other for harbouring insurgents, prompting relations to drastically sour in the past year.

On top of that, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said Pakistan is waging an "undeclared war of aggression" against his nation and has threatened armed conflict over the fence across the contested Durand Line, which divided the historically ethnic Pashtun community.

He said Pakistan also considers the return of more than two million Afghan refugees to their country as critical for peace.

The Afghanistan-Pakistan region is home to the "highest concentration" of US -designated terrorist groups in the world, the Pentagon repeatedly stresses.

"Any free movement from their side to our side, or our side to their side, can breed mistrust and obviously some terrorist activity on our side or on their soil", he told Bloomberg. As many as 18 can be accessed by vehicles, a report by the Afghanistan Analysts Network research group stated in October. "It's in our mutual interest that the border is fenced".

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