Moin to visit Afghanistan on 21st - By Sohail Iqbal - The News Int
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider is set to visit Afghanistan in the third week of this month to discuss issues
concerning bilateral relations and regional situation, an official of the Interior Ministry said. "The Taliban government in
Afghanistan had extended an invitation to Islamabad showing willingness to receive Pakistan's interior minister on January 21,"
the official added.
Sources in the Interior Ministry, while commenting on the proposed visit, said the two sides will discuss various issues of
bilateral interests including the issue of the expulsion of Islamabad's most wanted terrorists currently residing in Afghanistan.
The minister will also meet Taliban Supreme Commander Mulla Mohammad Omar in Kandahar, besides meeting with his
Afghan counterpart in Kabul. During his two-day visit the interior minister will demand expulsion of about 40 terrorists allegedly
involved in sectarian violence in the country, official sources said.
"The Pakistani side led by its interior minister will also convey the Russia's concern to the Taliban regarding the terrorists
training camps in Afghanistan," the sources added. Serger Yasterzhembsky, special envoy of the Russian President, during his
recent meeting with Moinuddin Haider in Islamabad had voiced concern over the alleged support for Islamic fighters who are
fighting Russian forces in Chechnya.
"Issues like Pak-Afghan transit trade, supply of wheat to Afghanistan, eradication of terrorist camps operating on Afghan soil,
smuggling and regional peace are expected to come under discussion during various meetings between Moin and the Taliban
administration," an official said.
"The two sides will finalise modalities which could help bust the gangs involved in drug-trafficking in and outside Pakistan
besides paving the way for cooperation in anti-terrorism and illegal immigration," the source said.
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