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Islamabad, Kabul discuss issue of Afghan-based militants attacking Pak

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, and Afghanistan's National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar discussed the issue of Afghan-based militants carrying out attacks on Pakistani soil during their meeting in

UK's National Security Advisor, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, hosted the two dignitaries in

Aziz stressed on the need for a comprehensive bilateral engagement between the two countries to rebuild and confidence.

The meeting was the highest level face-to-face discussion between representatives of the two countries since closed down border crossings with The meeting comes at a time when relations between the two Asian neighbours are deteriorating, reports the Dawn.

The meeting comes days after Afghanistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry summoned Pakistan's Charge d'affaires to and lodged a strong protest over the persecution of citizens residing in and the frequent artillery shelling on Khans Kunar and Sarkano districts of Kunar province.

Mosa Arefi, the director of the first political department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while expressing concerns with regard to indiscriminate shelling and the violation of airspace by the Pakistani military helicopters along the presumed Durand Line asked the Pakistani side to immediately cease such provocative actions.

In return, Pakistan's Charge d'affaires to promised to convey Afghanistan's protest and concerns to the authorities and relevant officials of his country.

had earlier on Monday registered protest with over the killing of five Pakistani soldiers by terrorists firing from Afghanistan's soil.

"Government of has launched a strong protest with the Government over the shahadat of five Pakistani soldiers at military post in Mohmand Agency and one soldier in Khyber agency as a result of firing by terrorists from territory," said a statement issued by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement added that Deputy Head of Mission was called to the Foreign Office to convey Pakistan's grave concern over the incident.

"The Government was urged to thoroughly investigate the incidents and take firm action against the terrorists operating from its soil to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

It was further emphasized that cooperation from side for effective border management was important for preventing cross-border movement of terrorists and militants," the statement said.

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 11:57 IST