Stable Afghanistan key to regional prosperity; Asfandyar
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A veteran Pakhtun nationalist leader has called for efforts to ensure stability in Afghanistan, saying security in the neighbouring country holds the key to prosperity in the region.
Awami National Party central president Asfandyar Wali Khansaid Pakistan was passing through a critical time in its history, faced with what he called extreme isolation in the region.
He added: “Our isolation could be judged from the postponement of the SAARC summit, which was due to be held in Islamabad,but five member states refused to come to Pakistan,” he said.
Addressing a public meeting in Nowshera, the ANP leader said Pakistan could not prosper until Afghanistan was prosperous. By the same token, he explained, Afghanistan also needed a prosperous Pakistan.
Afghans were being repatriated against Pakhtun traditions and international laws, alleged Khan, who suggested the refugees -- registered or undocumented -- should be sent back with dignity and respect.
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