The work plan was agreed between the two countries during the recent visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Pakistan. Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua told reporters
“It was clear during the discussions that there is broad convergence of views between the two countries at the strategic level. Both countries agreed to have a work plan in order to translate these convergences into desired results,” Janjua said at a news conference, when asked to give an overall assessment of Secretary Clinton’s visit. However, she would not provide further details.
The development, if proven to be true, would be Pakistan’s first official acknowledgement of the two countries reaching a broad understanding on the endgame in Afghanistan.
“I think we’ve done a lot to clear the air,” Clinton told reporters on Friday in Islamabad. Quoting Kayani, she added that the two sides are ‘90% to 95% on the same page’. Clinton, who was accompanied by Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Director Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) David Patreaus, was successful in convincing Pakistan to deliver the Haqqani network to the negotiating table and further constraint the group’s leverage in Afghanistan.
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