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Afghan President refuses condolence call from Pakistan PM. A high-level Afghan delegation arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday. Sources say, that the delegation is to hand over evidence to Pakistan regarding the recent attacks in Kabul. The evidence will be shared with the Pakistan Army, the source claimed, without providing further details….reports Asian Lite News

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Reports said Abbasi telephoned Ghani “in connection with the spate of recent attacks in Afghanistan.”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani refused to speak to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi when the latter telephoned to offer condolences following a devastating terror attack in Kabul, the media reported.

Reports said Abbasi telephoned Ghani “in connection with the spate of recent attacks in Afghanistan.”

A high-level Afghan delegation arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday and is expected to hold talks with Pakistani officials about cooperation between the two countries, an official said. Kabul accuses Islamabad of backing terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said that the delegation, comprising Afghan Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and National Directorate of Security chief Masoom Stanekzai, is visiting Islamabad with a message from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and will hold discussions about cooperation.

Afghan media reported, citing a presidential palace source, that the delegation is to hand over evidence to Pakistan regarding the recent attacks in Kabul. The evidence will be shared with the Pakistan Army, the source claimed, without providing further details.

At least 11 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack on a military compound in Kabul on January 29 claimed by the Islamic State – the third major assault in the Afghan capital in recent days.

Kabul remains on high alert as the city braces for further violence. Security warnings have been sent to foreigners in recent days, cautioning that the IS was planning to attack supermarkets, hotels and shops frequented by foreigners.

Afghan security personnel cordon off the site of the attack on a military university in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on Jan. 29, 2018. Gunmen attacked a military university in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan early on Monday, triggering explosions and gun fight, with unknown casualties, sources and witnesses said. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS)

Several foreign organisations, including humanitarian groups, are reassessing their operations after the spate of deadly violence.

The Afghan government rejected reports that Pakistan handed over 27 Taliban and Haqqani network prisoners to Afghanistan last year.

“Pakistan has not handed over any members of these groups,” an official source was quoted as saying by Afghan media.

This comes after Mohammad Faisal claimed on Tuesday that Pakistan handed over 27 individuals suspected of having ties to Taliban and Haqqani network to Afghan officials last year.

Faisal said Pakistan continues to push any suspected Afghan Taliban and Haqqani elements with a view to “prevent them from using our soil for any terrorist activity in Afghanistan.”

The suspected insurgents were handed over to Afghanistan in November 2017, he said.

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