Two top Afghan security officials made a surprise visit to Pakistan to discuss mutual cooperation with civilian and military leaders following a series of deadly attacks by Taliban and other militants in Afghanistan.
The visit took place on Wednesday (31/1) hours after US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan urged Afghan leaders to hold bilateral discussions with their counterparts in Pakistan.
The escalation of militant violence in Afghanistan sparked tensions between the country and Islamabad amid allegations that militants used places taking refuge in Pakistan to plan a recent suicide bombing, with the help of Pakistan's spy agency ISI.
The Pakistani authorities condemned the terrorist attack and rejected Afghanistan's allegations, calling it unfounded and stressed the need for a "credible inquiry" against the attack. [ka/ds]