Afghan President Hamid Karzai will arrive here Monday on a one-day trip to discuss the frayed ties with Pakistan and seek release of Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Barader as a confidence building measure.
Ties between the two countries nosedived after Pakistan and the US supported a Taliban office that opened in Doha in June to foster talks and also over a reported statement by Pakistans National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz that Kabul should cede some provinces to Taliban for lasting peace.
Aziz reportedly proposed this to Afghan ambassador Umer Duadzai in a meeting in Islamabad in June.
Confirming the visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry said the Afghan president would be accompanied by a high-level delegation of cabinet ministers and senior officials. This will be the first highest-level exchange between Pakistan and Afghanistan since the democratic transition and swearing-in of the new government, said Chaudhry. Karzais visit will carry forward this process of constructive engagement between the two countries.
The two leaders will have in-depth consultations on all issues of common interest,including the evolving situation in the region as well as ways to deepen and broaden Pakistan.