Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif vows anti-terror cooperation with Afghanistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday called for anti-terror cooperation with Afghanistan in the wake of a suicide bombing that killed 80 people and wounded over 200 in Kabul on July 23.

"Pakistan remains strongly committed to deepening cooperation with Afghanistan in fighting the scourge of terrorism, which is a common enemy," Sharif told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a telephone conversation.

"The Prime Minister conveyed heartfelt condolences on behalf of the people and the government of Pakistan over the dastardly terrorist attacks in Kabul," a statement from the Prime Minister office said.

The Islamic State militant group (IS) had claimed responsibility for the attack amidst a "gathering of Shia" in Deh Mazang, the group's Amaq News Agency confirmed.

He strongly condemned the brutal act of terrorism and extended deepest sympathies to the victims' families, Xinhua news agency reported.

Ghani thanked Sharif for expressing solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan at this critical moment, the statement said.

"We are together in fighting the war on terror," President Ghani added.

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