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No military ‘coordination center’ with Pakistan: MoD

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AT-KABUL: The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Friday denied establishing of any type of military ‘coordination center’ between the military of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office has said earlier that the two countries have formally agreed to install liaison officers at each other’s army headquarters.

“So far, we haven’t made such a decision. But, it would be great if Pakistan carry out its own responsibilities within its soil,” Mohammad Radmanish, the deputy spokesman for the defense ministry said.

On Thursday, the Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal, during a press briefing said his country has been shared a working proposal with the President Ashraf Ghani under the name of “Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Solidarity” in order to strengthen bilateral engagement between the two countries “through the working groups in the areas of political, economic, military, intelligence, and refugee issues”.

However, he said a formal reply has not yet received from Kabul government.

Afghan officials blamed Pakistan for harboring and exporting terrorist outfits and providing safe sanctuaries for the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani Network in its soil. Afghan-Pak relations are still tense and ice has not yet melted.

“Pakistan wanted to infiltrate to Afghanistan’s army and intelligence since a long time in order to get benefit for itself. I will never believe that Afghan government would commit such a betrayal to let Pakistanis to have a center inside the Afghan army,” political expert Ahmad Saidi said.