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Cordial ties a must for prosperity of Pakhtuns: Sherpao

Cordial ties a must for prosperity of Pakhtuns: Sherpao

Dec 28, 2015 - 11:36

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Tension-free relations between Kabulinfo-icon and Islamabad are imperative for the development and prosperity of Pakhtun-inhabited areas on both sides of the border, a senior Pakistani politician says.

Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao told a gathering in Buner district on Sunday improved bilateral relations between Pakistaninfo-icon and Afghanistaninfo-icon were the need of the hour.

The Pakhtuns would enjoy the fruit of development and prosperity only if there were cordial and cooperative relations between the neighbouring countries, said Sherpao, also a member of the National Assembly.

A recent visit of Pakistan’s Pakhtun leaders to Kabul helped normalise bilateral relations, he said of last month’s trip that went a long in persuading President Ashraf Ghani to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Paris.

Sherpao lamented the Pakhtuns on both the sides of the Durand Lineinfo-icon had been haunted by war and backwardness over the last three decades. “In order to bring peace, prosperity and development to the region, it is imperative for both states to remove mistrust and create a conducive environmentinfo-icon for trade.”

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project might mitigate the plight of Pakhtuns, as it would bring economic prosperity to the war-affected region, believed the former chief minister.

“The QWP will not compromise on the rights of Pakhtuns. It will resist any move to change the CPEC route,” he promised, asking the federal government to establish a trust to help the relatives of terror victims.


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