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Pakistani foreign minister meets Taliban in Afghanistan (Al Jazeera)

Pakistan’s foreign minister has visited Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban takeover in August, amid continuing tensions about transport links between the neighbouring countries.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi travelled to Kabul on Thursday to discuss the situation at the Chaman border crossing, one of the main trade transit points between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The crossing has been closed for more than two weeks, causing severe problems for truckers and exporters.

Pakistani foreign minister meets Taliban in Afghanistan | Taliban News | Al Jazeera

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Pakistan

Six Pakistani security personnel killed in separate attacks (Asad Hashim, Al Jazeera)

At least six Pakistani security personnel have been killed in three separate attacks, including two raids on security posts, in the country’s western provinces, the military says, the latest in a spike in violence targeting security forces in the South Asian country.

In the northwestern Bajaur district, at least four security personnel were killed late on Wednesday night when an improvised explosive device targeted security forces conducting a search operation in the area, the military’s press wing said in a statement.

Six Pakistani security personnel killed in separate attacks | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

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Attack on security vehicle in northwest Pakistan kills 4 (Al Jazeera)

A roadside bomb has struck a vehicle carrying security forces in northwest Pakistan, killing four people.

The attack happened in Bajur on Wednesday, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. The area served as a base for the Pakistani Taliban until a few years ago, when the army said it cleared the region of fighters. But violence has continued there.

Attack on security vehicle in northwest Pakistan kills 4 | Pakistan Taliban News | Al Jazeera

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Afghanistan Iran Pakistan

Iran, Pakistan work to strengthen ties as Afghan situation remains fluid (Sabena Siddiqui, Al Monitor)

Iran’s army chief, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, headed a high-level military delegation to Islamabad last week at the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. Marking a new phase in military ties between both neighbors, the trip held special significance as it took place at a time when the region is going through major geopolitical changes.

Iran, Pakistan work to strengthen ties as Afghan situation remains fluid – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Pakistan stands with Iran in combating attempts to sabotage regional peace: Senior MP (IRNA)

Head of Iran-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in the parliament stressed the importance of close consultation between Tehran and Islamabad especially on Afghanistan and said people and the government of Pakistan stand with Iran in foiling attempts to sabotage regional peace.

At the end of the five-day official visit of the Parliamentary Friendship Group to Pakistan, Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani,  in an exclusive interview with IRNA said that keeping in view the developments in Afghanistan, the consultations between Islamabad and Tehran are considered very important because “we need to reach a common ground to get out of the regional crisis.”

Pakistan stands with Iran in combating attempts to sabotage regional peace: Senior MP – IRNA English

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Will Afghanistan’s powerful neighbours engage the Taliban? (Zahir Sherazi, Al Jazeera)

The withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan is inevitably leaving a political vacuum in South and Central Asia. The question that many are asking is who will step in to fill it. Afghanistan’s immediate neighbours – Pakistan, Iran and China – all have special interests in the country that they are likely to pursue with renewed vigour.

Will Afghanistan’s powerful neighbours engage the Taliban? | Opinions | Al Jazeera

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Iran Pakistan

Gen Bagheri’s visit to boost Iran-Pakistan defense cooperation: Analyst (IRNA)

Pakistani retired general and senior defense analyst says visit of Iranian Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri to Pakistan is a welcoming development which would further enhance bilateral cooperation in defense sector.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA on Tuesday, Lieutenant General (Retd) Talat Masood said that Iran and Pakistan have always expressed strong desire to strengthen their ties in all areas especially defense and security.

Gen Bagheri’s visit to boost Iran-Pakistan defense cooperation: Analyst – IRNA English

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Iran’s General Bagheri hold talks with Pakistan Naval Chief (IRNA)

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri on the third day of his official visit to Pakistan met with Chief of the Pakistani Navy to discuss expansion of bilateral cooperation.

On arrival at the Naval Headquarters in Islamabad, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi received Major General Bagheri and members of Iran’s high-ranking military delegation on Thursday.

Iran’s General Bagheri hold talks with Pakistan Naval Chief – IRNA English

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Pakistani advisor to visit Iran to promote bilateral trade (IRNA)

An adviser to Prime Minister of Pakistan for Commerce and Investment says he will visit Iran in November this year to attend a meeting of the Joint Trade Committee for promotion of border markets and barter trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Abdul Razak Dawood, during a meeting with an Iranian delegation led by Member of Parliament and President of Iran Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani in Islamabad, said that his upcoming visit to Iran is very important.

Pakistani advisor to visit Iran to promote bilateral trade – IRNA English

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