Afghanistan's intelligence chief visited Pakistan on Wednesday to present evidence linking individuals and groups based in Pakistan with the Kabul attacks, officials said.
Pakistan handed to Afghanistan 27 people suspected of belonging to the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network, as part of Pakistan's efforts to improve relations with its neighbor and assist it in counter-terrorism efforts.
Analysts in Islamabad said Pakistan's unprecedented move aims to disprove claims that Pakistan offers a safe haven for Taliban-affiliated militants.
"Pakistan continues to push any suspected Afghan-Taliban and Haqqani network elements to prevent them from using our soil for any terrorist activity in Afghanistan, said Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman, Mohammad Faisal in a Twitter message.
“The Afghan government had requested that a high-level delegation would like to visit Pakistan with a message from the Afghan president,” Faisal said in another Tweet.
The Afghan team will present documentary evidence and phone tap information linking individuals and groups based in Pakistan with the recent Kabul attacks, a senior Afghan military source told Reuters.
On Saturday, a vehicle painted as an ambulance exploded in a Taliban suicide attack killing more than 100 people and wounding dozens. It followed a Taliban-claimed attack a week earlier that killed more than 20 people in a siege of the city’s Intercontinental Hotel.
The delegation includes Masoom Stanekzai, head of the National Directorate for Security intelligence agency, and Afghan Interior Minister Wais Barmak, officials said to Reuters.