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Pakistani PM visits Afghanistan amid airstrike allegations

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Kabul on Friday (April 6) to hold face-to-face talks with President Ashraf Ghani, the latest in a series of engagements aimed at reducing mistrust between the two neighbours.

The visit comes a day after Afghanistan accused Pakistan of air strikes causing “huge financial damages” in its province of Kunar bordering Pakistan, highlighting long-standing mistrust between the neighbors, even as both seek ways to improve security.

Pakistani jets dropped four bombs on Wednesday (April 4) evening in Kunar’s Dangam district, Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement, without elaborating on the damage or making any mention of casualties.

Afghanistan’s Western-backed government has long accused Pakistan of harboring Afghan Taliban insurgents, a charge that Islamabad denies.

Islamabad, in turn, accuses Afghanistan of not doing enough to eradicate Pakistani Taliban militants, many of whom are based in Afghanistan and mostly carry out attacks inside Pakistan.

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