The Pakistani foreign minister paid an unexpected visit to Kabul on Thursday, where he held talks with the head of the Islamic Emirate cabinet and other top officials.
We had inclusive talks with the Taliban officials and met the Prime Minister and other cabinet members," said Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan's foreign minister.
“The discussion focused on trade, the reopening of gates (along the de facto border), border problems, and the problems that our traders are facing,” said acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi. “It is hoped that our economic and diplomatic ties will get better; a delegation from our side may travel to Islamabad in the near future.”
The travel of the top Pakistani delegation comes as Islamabad has yet to recognize the Islamic Emirate.
“I hope not that not only Pakistan but all regional countries understand that without finding a solution or regional agreement, peace will not be ensured in Afghanistan,” said Aziz Rafiye, a civil rights activist.
“This visit is set to (find out) how to help the Taliban and step-by-step to show the world that we don’t have any other choice but to work with the Taliban and recognize the Taliban. The Pakistani government is trying a lot so that the Taliban can have a good stance,” said Jawid Sangdal, an international relations expert.
The Torkham gate was also reopened for travelers on Thursday.
Prior to this visit, some Pakistani officials arrived in Afghanistan, including the former head of the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence, Faiz Hameed, in August.