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Afghanistan, Pakistan senators to set up joint committee

Afghanistan, Pakistan senators to set up joint committee

Mar 14, 2011 - 16:24

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Afghan and Pakistani senators have agreed to set up a joint committee to strengthen relations between the two neighbouring countries, an official said on Monday.

On March 12, a team of Pakistani senators came to Kabul and the two sides are expected to sign an agreement about the committee by the end of March, head of the foreign relation commission at the Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon, Arifullah Pashtuninfo-icon, said.

As part of efforts to set up the 20-member committee, a team of Afghan senators would go to Pakistaninfo-icon later this month, he said. The committee would have two annual meetings, one in Pakistan and the second in Afghanistaninfo-icon, he said.

The commission would also discuss issues of security and economy as well as others, he said. Agreement on the committee comes after Pakistan stopped nearly 6,000 trucks of Afghan traders at Karachi’s port, and implementation of a trade deal between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been postponed for four months.

The Afghanistan and Pakistan agreement, which was finalised on Nov. 24, 2010, was scheduled to be implemented in February, 2011.

The main cause behind the delay has been a difference over guarantees for Afghan traders at Pakistan banks. Currently the trucks of Afghan traders could only go to Peshawar city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

However, the trucks of Pakistani traders could go to any port in Afghanistan.

Another dispute between the two sides has been repeated claims by Afghan officials that militant sanctuaries were on the Pakistani side of the border.

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