Senior Pakistani leaders arrive in Kabul on goodwill trip
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Senior Pakhtun leaders from Pakistan flew to Kabul on Thursday morning to meet top President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan lawmakers on ways of building trust and boosting bilateral relations.
The three-day visit is aimed at promoting peace in the region and goodwill between the neighbours, former senator Afrasiab Khattak, a member of the visiting delegation, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Awami National Party president Asfandyar Wali Khan, Khattak, Dr. Salim Khan (son of Afzal Khan Lala), Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai and Qaumi Watan Party leader Aftab Sherpao are among the delegates.
The delegation, including ex-governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Shaukatullah Khan and former ambassador Ayaz Wazir, will hold talks with Ghani, his predecessor Hamid Karzai and Afghan parliamentarians.
Shortly before their departure, Khattak said the visit was taking place in response to an invitation from the Afghan president. During his trip to Islamabad a year ago, Ghani had invited them to Kabul for consultations.
“Our objective is to create a positive environment for constructive interaction and strong relations between the two countries,” Khattak said, adding their second trip was part of the consultative process. The first such visit happened in January.
He noted lasting peace, a pre-requisite for regional economic prosperity, was a key objective of both nations, struggling with the menace of terrorism. He believed the neighbours should overcome tensions and mistrust to realise their shared goal of stability.
On Saturday, Nov. 28, the delegates will attend a reference in the honour of renowned Pakhtun nationalist leader Afzal Khan Lala, who passed away on Nov. 1. His death has been described as an irreparable loss for Pashtuns on both sides of the Durand Line.
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