Abdullah for practical steps to achieve peace
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghanistan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday held talks on bilateral economic cooperation, joint efforts against terrorism and repatriation of Afghan refugees from the neighboring country.
Abdullah’s spokesman Mujibur Rahman Rahimi told reporters in Kabul that Nawaz Sharif, his army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif and some Pakistani ministers visited Abdullah at his office.
Sharif arrived in Kabul on a day-long visit at the head of a high-level delegation for talks with Afghan leaders on cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
Speaking at a joint press conference with President Ashraf Ghani, Sharif said Afghanistan’s enemy could not be friend of Pakistan.
He said coordinated operations would be launched along the joint border against militants. He said elements trying to destabilise Afghanistan would be hunted down and eliminated.
Rahimi said Abdullah told the Pakistani delegation that practical steps should be taken for peace in the two countries.
He said the Pakistani prime minister called terrorism a threat to the world and called for serious campaign against the menace.
“The Pakistani leader said the Taliban should arrive at peace talks with the Afghan government, otherwise Pakistan and Afghanistan with support from their international allies will carry out strong military operations against them,” Rahimi quoted Nawaz Sharif as saying.
The meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Abdullah also conferred on gas and electricity projects from central Asia through Afghanistan to Pakistan.
Rahimi said the Pakistani prime minister promised to assist Afghanistan in building a dam on the Kunar River and reconstructing the Torkham-Jalalabad and Jalalabad-Kabul highways.
He said Abdullah urged Nawaz Sharif to review repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Sharif promised to do so.
He said Nawaz Sharif invited Abdullah to visit Pakistan and Abdullah accepted his invitation.
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