Issue Brief on “Abdullah’s Visit to Pakistan: A New Path to Pak-Afghan Ties”


Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) paid a three-day official visit to Pakistan from September 28-30, 2020. The visit was a significant event, it was 12 years since he had visited his eastern neighbor. It was additionally important since it came at a time when both countries have been struggling with their bilateral relationship.

With the exception of a few brief moments of stability, the Pakistan-Afghanistan relationship has followed a negative trajectory embedded in a vicious blame game, which has proved to be counterproductive for both countries.

During his visit, Dr. Abdullah held meetings with the civil and military leadership of the country, engaged with think tanks, Council of Islamic Ideology of Pakistan, as well as members of the civil society.[1] Dr Abdullah concluded his 3-day visit by expressing his “gratitude to the Pakistani leadership and nation for their warm welcome, hospitality and a new path in ties.”[2]

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