KABUL : The Friday Kashmir visit of Afghan Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak along with a six-member delegation raised eyebrows in the diplomatic circles in Pakistan and Islamabad moved swiftly to remind Kabul of the disputed status of the territory.
"We have conveyed to the Afghan side that they need to appreciate the international status of Kashmir as a disputed territory," Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Sadiq told media in Islamabad.
He, however, did not go into the specifics of when, where and at what level this concern was conveyed to the Afghan government. Wardak, who is on a week-long visit to India, is the first Afghan minister to be taken to the internationally-recognized disputed territory in 30 years, a clear signal of deepening of Indo-Afghan strategic ties. In another sign of growing military cooperation with India, the Afghan defence minister indicated that military officials from his country could soon visit the disputed territory to learn from the Indian experience in fighting militancy.