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Afghan, Pak MPs vow to curb drug, trade goods smuggling

Afghan, Pak MPs vow to curb drug, trade goods smuggling

Mar 30, 2011 - 19:59

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Afghan and Pakistani parliamentarians on Wednesday agreed to pursue efforts at preventing smuggling of trade goods and narcotics on both sides of the frontier.

Lawmakers from both countries met for the second day on Wednesday in Islamabad to share experiences.

Afghan parliamentarian Syed Ishaq Gilani, who led the 39-member Afghan delegation, told Pajhwok Afghan News that their discussions with Pakistani counterparts were positive and successful.

In addition to other problems, both sides also conferred on the recently reached landmark transit trade agreement between the two neighbouring countries, he said.  At the end of the meeting, he said, a joint declaration was issued.

He said they also discussed efforts at preventing cross border smuggling of trade goods and narcotics.

Head of the Pakistani delegation, Salim Saifullah, said they agreed to work jointly for finding out solution to the problems existed between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon. Pakistani MPs shared experiences with their Afghan counterparts, he said.

The joint resolution called for further strengthening of ties between the two nations and enhanced cooperation. A follow up conference of the two-day gathering will be held in Kabulinfo-icon in May, the resolution said.



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