The visiting Afghan chief, Karim Khalili can be an ethnic Hazara. Members of the largely Shiite neighborhood reside in each Pakistan and Afghanistan and have suffered persecution from the bulk Sunni Muslims in each international locations.
The Sunni militant Islamic State group, which is headquartered in Afghanistan’s jap Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan, in addition to Pakistani Sunni militant teams have repeatedly focused Shiites.
Khalili’s go to is seen as a part of an effort to restore the troubled relations between the 2 neighboring international locations in parallel with the peace talks underway in Qatar between the Afghan authorities negotiators and the Taliban. The warring sides are looking for a political roadmap that might deliver an finish to many years of battle in Afghanistan.
Khalili’s go to is a part of Pakistan’s coverage “to achieve out to political management in Afghanistan to forge frequent understanding on the Afghan peace course of,” Pakistan’s international ministry mentioned in an announcement. The Shiite chief, who was a vice-president underneath Afghan ex-President Hamid Karzai’s authorities, can be to fulfill with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Khan travelled to Afghanistan late final 12 months, whereas a number of senior Afghan leaders, together with the pinnacle of the nation’s reconciliation council Abdullah Abdullah, got here to Islamabad in current months in an effort to reset a relationship that has been marked by deep distrust and relentless accusations that the opposite was supporting rebel enemies.
Kabul accuses Islamabad of harboring the Taliban and looking for to wield affect over Afghanistan as a part of a protection technique towards archrival India. Pakistan and India, two nuclear-armed neighbors, have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain.
In the meantime, Islamabad accuses Kabul of offering protected haven to separatists in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, in addition to working with India to destabilize Pakistan.
Stakes are excessive for the area because the U.S. proceeds to scale back its troop ranges in Afghanistan — anticipated to go down to simply 2,500 this month, with the rest scheduled to depart by April together with different NATO service members — in keeping with a U.S.-Taliban settlement signed final February.
President-elect Joe Biden has expressed assist for a small contingent of U.S. intelligence troops in Afghanistan to search out and monitor terrorist teams, however the incoming administration’s plans haven’t been made public.
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