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Afghanistan Accuses Pakistan Of Cross-Border Air Strikes Ahead Of Abbasi Visit


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (left) welcomes Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Kabul on April 6.

Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of launching air strikes that caused "huge financial damages" in its Kunar border province ahead of Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's visit to Kabul.

Abassi, who arrived in Kabul on April 6, is scheduled to hold talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on ongoing peace efforts and joint efforts to combat militants during a daylong visit.

Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry on April 5 charged that Pakistani jets dropped four bombs in Kunar's Dangam district, but made no mention of casualties.

"Afghanistan warns that continuing violations of international norms...will have further consequences on the relations between the two countries," the ministry said.

Pakistan early on April 6 rejected as "baseless" the allegation that it violated Afghan airspace, however.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said Pakistan's security forces were countering militant groups based in Afghanistan that launched attacks across the border.

Military officials of the two countries met on April 5 in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, where Pakistan shared details of the operations with Afghanistan, the ministry said. The operations took place on the Pakistani side of the border, it said.

Afghanistan should focus on securing on its side of the border and refrain from the "blame game," the Pakistani ministry said.

Abbasi’s visit to Kabul is his first since becoming prime minister last year.

Ahead of his trip, Abbasi said that "nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan because we are the most affected" by terrorism.

Pakistan is widely seen as the only party that can bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. Pakistan, however, insists its influence over the militant group has been exaggerated.

With reporting by RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghansitan, AP,and Reuters
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