ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Afghanistan Monday resolved to increase cooperation in fight against terrorism as the government officials and tribal elders from the neighbouring states begin their two-day meeting to discuss modalities for engaging Taliban and other warring factions in peace dialogue. Pakistani and Afghan officials, 25 from each side dubbed a 'jirga gai' or 'mini-jirga', will come up with their suggestions to end the mounting violence along their shared frontier. Afghanistan's delegation is being led by former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah while NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani is heading Pakistan's side. The two-day meeting is a follow-up to a traditional 'Loya jirga" or 'grand tribal meeting' held between the two neighbours in August 2007. The meeting will form a committee to forward proposals to the two countries' governments. Addressing the inaugural session of jirga gai Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi emphasised the need for close cooperation between the two countries to effectively counter and completely eliminate terrorism. "Both countries have suffered immensely and continue to suffer due to extremism, militancy and terrorism and the situation demanded a joint and comprehensive strategy to bring peace and stability to the whole region," he said. "This is the gravest threat to both countries. Pakistan and Afghanistan, therefore, need to cooperate closely to effectively counter and completely eliminate this curse," he said. He said due to negligence of the international community after entry of foreign troops in Afghanistan in 1979, both Pakistan and Afghanistan faced hardships. Giving what he believed main reasons behind the present situation, the FM said Taliban in Afghanistan were hijacked by Al Qaeda converting Afghanistan into a breeding ground of extremism and terrorism. "All these developments not only devastated Afghanistan but also had serious and negative implications on Pakistan," he said adding, "Afghanistan and Pakistan have suffered together and together they need to reverse the tragic legacy of the past three decades." However, he was optimistic that in future gas pipelines and transit corridors would traverse their territories and people would enjoy the fruits of peace and prosperity as narcotics and terrorism would be but a distant memory. Foreign Minister Qureshi said the mini-jirga would be instrumental in shaping up ways to tackle rising militant violence. He said Pakistan had been engaged with Afghanistan in the dialogue process, so that there could be strict action against the extremist and terrorist elements. The Foreign Minister said that with the adoption of a unanimous resolution by the joint sitting of the Parliament, the government of Pakistan would take more effective measures to tackle the menace of terrorism. He said Pakistan wouldn't allow anyone to use its soil against Afghanistan and ensured that necessary measures were being taken to eliminate extremism and terrorism from Pakistan. Former foreign minister of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah speaking on the occasion appreciated the efforts of Pakistan for holding the jirga. He said presence of representatives from different sections of both the countries would be helpful in taking a joint action against the terrorists and eliminate the extremist elements from the region. Governor NWFP Owais Ghani also appreciated the holding of the jirga and said it would help the two sides remove misunderstandings and have greater coordination in tackling the threats the region was facing.