Deeper Pak-Afghan ties to help tackle challenges: Aziz
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s advisor to the prime minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs has reiterated Islamabad and Kabul are needed to adopt joint steps to banish the scourge of terrorism.
In his meeting with Afghanistan parliamentary delegation, Sartaj Aziz said that both the countries had pledged not to allow the use of their soil against each other’s interests. He noted that peaceful, stable and developed Afghanistan had of immense importance for Pakistan.
Underlining enhanced Pak-Afghan ties, the visiting Afghan delegation expressed grief and sympathy over the loss of lives in the tragic Peshawar school attack, which claimed 142 lives, mostly school children.
The delegation members included members of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament and Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament. Aziz recalled that President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan, both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the president agreed on evolving and implementing a vision of a comprehensive and enduring partnership between the two countries.
Ghani visit, he noted had paved way for building new phase in Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relations with a special focus on political engagement, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, deeper trade and economic foundation.
He underlined the need for more frequent people-to-people exchanges including youth, businesspersons, media, cultural and professional groups.
The Afghan delegation expressed support for a closer Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship, with focus on cooperation in the political, trade and security areas.
The Afghan delegation’s visit is part of the regular Parliamentarians’ Dialogue between the two countries. The delegation was led by Senator Baz Mohammad Zurmati and MP Abdul Qader Zazai. Senator Afrasiab Khattak was also present in the meeting.
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