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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given directions for immediate re-opening of Pak-Afghan border. In a statement, he said recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan. However, the decision to re-open the border is being taken as closure of the border for a long time in the backdrop of , religious, culture and historical ties between the two countries would not be in the interest of the people and the economy. He said the decision to re-open the border is being taken as a goodwill gesture. The Prime Minister hoped that the Afghan Government would take measures to address the reasons for which the borders were closed. The Prime Minister said they have reiterated time and again that durable peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace and security in Pakistan. Pakistan would continue to collaborate with Afghanistan to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the two countries.

Pakistan keeps on making efforts for resumption of Commission level talks-The two-day 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India begins in Islamabad

The two-day 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India began in Islamabad on Monday. Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed is heading the Pakistani delegation while India's Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena is leading the Indian delegation.  The agenda of the talks includes discussions on the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India and programme of tours of inspection and meetings by Pakistan and India to the sites of their interest in the Indus basin. The meeting is taking place after almost two years break. Earlier, these talks were held in May 2015.

Host: Dr Shoaib Ahmad

Analysts Live on Phone: 

Muhammad Nafees Zakaria (Foreign Office Spokesperson)

Pakistan urged Afghanistan to stop the use of its soul by terrorists against Pakistan.  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued directions for immediate re-opening of Pak-Afghan border as goodwill gesture. Afghanistan should take urgent measures to eliminate the terrorists and their sanctuaries, financiers and handlers operating from its territory targeting the common citizens and armed forces of Pakistan. Pakistan has conveyed its concerns about the terror attacks from across the border and Pakistan hoped the Afghan authorizes will take measures to address the Pakistan concerns for which the borders were closed.

Dr. Zahid Anwar Khan (IR Expert)

The opening of border is truly appreciable. Pakistan has always supported Afghanistan to resolve its issues. This decision will help bridging the gap between two countries’ bilateral relations. Afghanistan should make it sure that neither India nor non-state actors use its soil against Pakistan. Afghanistan should reciprocate this decision made by government of Pakistan.

Dr. Muhammad Khan (Defence Analyst)

The dialogue of any nature between the two countries must be appreciated. It will lead to solution of all major issues. Pakistan has always urged for dialogue on Indus Water Treaty as well. Modi’s statement about not giving a single drop of water to Pakistan was unrealistic and unsuitable to his stature. There is a continuity in extremist policies in India.

Dr. Huma Baqai (IR Expert)

Pakistan should realize the fact that actually India is not willing to talk on any issue. It wants to drag back from already agreed upon treaties. The policy makers in Pakistan should notice that India is trying to waste time through these dialogues. All mega projects initiated by India must be stopped before any dialogues.


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