Zakhilwal invites Imran Khan to visit Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani's special envoy and Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal on Thursday praised Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan for his latest position on Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.
Zakhilwal, who called on Imran Khan at his Islamabad residence, thanked the former cricket star for his stance that the Afghan refugees should be treated in Pakistan with dignity and respect.
He also welcomed Khan’s call on Taliban to renounce violence and reach peace with the Afghan government and commended him for his call on the Pakistani government to take more vigorous steps to improve relations with Afghanistan.
Zakhilwal told the PTI leader that Afghanistan wanted nothing less than special relations with Pakistan but in order to get there, steps needed to be taken to reduce and hopefully eventually clear the environment of mistrust between the two neighborly countries.
He said his appointment as the President's Special Envoy and Ambassador to Pakistan with special authoritative mandate to lead overall discussions with Pakistan showed Afghanistan's seriousness with respect to changing our relationship for the better.
The PTI leader assured Dr Zakhilwal of all his support to make his mission a success and for peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as improving Afghan-Pak relationship.
He also offered he would instruct the leadership of his government in Khyber-Pakhtunkwa to sit down with Dr Zakhilwal to discuss the refugees as well as Afghan traders problems and agree on steps to remove the current difficulties whatever they were.
Dr. Zakhilwal invited Imran Khan to visit Kabul, which he accepted and promised the visit would take place soon. The details of the trip will be worked out later.
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