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Trying to bridge gap with ‘misguided Afghans’, says Pakistan

Islamabad, June 16: Pakistan on Thursday said that Islamabad believes in dialogue to reduce tension with Kabul and efforts are afoot to bridge the communication gap with the “misguided Afghans”. “Afghans are being misguided by those not interested to see peace in Afghanistan,” Foreign Office spokesman fees Zakaria said at a weekly press briefing here in response to a question regarding the recent firing by Afghan forces at the Torkham border area. Zakaria said Pakistan wanted to resolve issues through negotiations with the Afghan government. “We have shared our concern and disappointment with the Afghan government and have also urged them to take necessary steps to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future,” he said. The spokesman said the recent tension over Pakistan-Afghan border was against the spirit of friendship between Islamabad and Kabul, which share common religion and cultural values. Updating about the current situation at Pakistan-Afghan border, Zakaria said both sides were in contact with each other. “Small irritants, uneasiness and tension is a common thing among countries and can be resolved through dialogue,” he said.  (IANS)