Top Pakistani intelligence officials will arrive in Kabul for diplomatic talks today. The meeting comes days after the Afghan capital
Top Pakistani intelligence officials will arrive in Kabul for diplomatic talks today. The meeting comes days after the Afghan capital was hit by a deadly terror attack that killed over 100 when a vehicle disguised as an ambulance exploded in the city.
Afghan officials say they have evidence linking Pakistani-based insurgents to the attack, a claim that provoked a small scale protest earlier this week where chants of “death to Pakistan” could be heard.
Relations have long been strained between the countries due to numerous historical disagreements, ranging from border disputes to terrorism. Today, the primary issue lies in suspicions that Pakistan harbours insurgent forces, such as the Taliban; Pakistan has denied these accusations.
Escalating tensions place some 2.5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan at risk of being forcibly returned to their homeland, many of whom fled the country’s violence decades ago. Doing so would further destabilise Afghanistan and see tremendous international backlash. Instead, expect a mass return to be used as a bargaining chip in the de-escalation negotiations to come.
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