Pakistani politicians in Kabul: Seeking solution to challenges through joint efforts

Islamabad, Jan 11, 2015 — A Pakistani delegation of senior politicians visited Kabul seeking solution to challenges in the region through joint efforts and consultations.

The delegation included Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Qaumi Watan Party leader Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Awami National Party’s Afrasiab Khattak. They were visiting Kabul on the invitation extended by President Ghani during his visit to Islamabad in November, last year.

“The government of Afghanistan will continue with joint efforts and consultations, and will exert its utmost efforts to strengthen people-to-people contacts at all levels between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Ghani said, according to a statement issued by the Afghan presidential palace.

Afghan President said that the solution to the challenges faced by Pakistan and Afghanistan could take time but his government would adopt all possible measures to resolve them.

“To overcome the challenges we face is time-consuming with many obstacles ahead. However, the new government of Afghanistan is committed to removing the problems,” said the Afghan leader during the meeting with the delegation of Pakistani politicians at the presidential palace in Kabul on Saturday.

Saturday’s meeting was aimed at discussing joint efforts to strengthen anti-terror cooperation and to boost people-to-people contacts. Improving security situation, joint efforts on fighting terrorism, and addressing the problems of Afghan migrants in Pakistan were discussed between the two sides.

The Pakistani delegation, according to the statement, told the Afghan leader that Afghanistan and Pakistan are facing common problems, “tackling of which require joint efforts”. They also told the Afghan president that Pakistan’s prospective on fight against terrorism has changed.

People in Pakistan have now realized that there is no difference between good and bad terrorism. Terrorism is not only a threat to the two countries but to the region and the entire world, the delegates said.

The meetings were also attended by Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai, Afghan National Security Adviser Muhammad Hanif Atmar, Jihadi and political figures and a number of Afghan lawmakers.

Aftab Sherpao said through such interactions the two countries could find out solutions to their problems. “We’ll not succeed if we do not undertake joint struggle,” the Afghan media quoted Sherpao as saying in the meeting with Dr Abdullah. “Almost every family in Afghanistan has suffered. Pakistan also suffered a lot. We want both countries should work jointly for a success,” he added. (MAMOSA Report)

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