LONDON - Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai said he had been sent to Afghanistan as special envoy by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following confirmed reports that Kabul was planning some action against Islamabad.

In an interview with BBC's Pushto service in London, the Pakhtoon nationalist leader said PM Nawaz wanted that there should be no misunderstanding between the two neighbouring countries. He said after the killing of three Afghan army personnel in Kunar province following firing by Pakistani forces on June 3, Karzai was planning for retaliation.

It is worth mentioning the TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah is hiding in Kunar province and his militants regularly launch attacks on Pakistani posts. They return to bases in Kunar province after retaliation by the Pakistani forces.  

For his part, President Karzai was interested that Pakistan should take action against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Achakzai said Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry accompanied him during the visit to Kabul. He said he met President Karzai and his close aides twice. He said the US and Chinese ambassadors to Afghanistan were also present in one of these meetings.

Achakzai said Pakistan and Afghanistan will have to commit before the whole world that they will respect each others’ independence and autonomy. He hoped that this sort of commitment will lead to talks of the Afghan Taliban with the Afghan government and Pakistani Taliban with the Pakistani government.