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Pakistan’s NSA skips Kabul visit amid Taliban snub, border tensions

Islamabad: Pakistan’s national security adviser postponed a planned visit to Kabul after the Taliban snubbed an offer by Islamabad to send a team of experts to help the Afghan government.
Moeed Yusuf was scheduled to arrive in Kabul as the head of a delegation of economic and security experts on Tuesday, but the visit was postponed, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry didn’t give any reason for the last-minute postponement, but said the visit would be rescheduled. Officials told dpa the Afghan Taliban’s refusal to accept Pakistan’s offer of sending the team of experts to help the interim government was the key reason.
“We don’t need help either from Pakistan or any other country,” Taliban’s Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi reportedly said ahead of Yusuf’s visit. (dpa)
Pakistan is alleged to have supported and sheltered the Afghan Taliban while they fought an armed insurgency against Afghan and international forces for two decades.
But the relationship between Islamabad and the Taliban government has become strained in recent months as Pakistan continued erecting a 2,500-kilometre fence along the border with Afghanistan.

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