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Accord reached on reviving Af-Pak peace jirga

Accord reached on reviving Af-Pak peace jirga

Mar 17, 2015 - 14:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government and Afghanistaninfo-icon have agreed that the refugees living in Pakistaninfo-icon will not be forcibly repatriated to their home country.

The two sides also agreed on reviving the Pak-Afghan Peace Jirgainfo-icon, involving government officials, tribal elders and public representatives from the neighbouring countries. The first such forum was held in 2008 in Kabul.

A mechanism to boost bilateral trade and provide better healthinfo-icon facilities to Afghan patients was also agreed, said a joint statement after Monday’s meeting in Peshawar.

Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai, KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Speaker Asad Qaiser and prominent political leaders of the province were also in attendance.

Leader of Opposition Maulana Lutfur Rehman, QWP member Sikandar Sherpao, provincial ministers Shahram Tarakai, Inayatullah Khan, Mushtaq Ghani and other lawmakers were also present.

The ambassador said a delegation of Afghan military officers would visit Peshawar and Quetta soon to forge cooperation against terrorists. However, he gave no dates.

The neighbours vowed cooperation in the more efficient use of water resources and in areas of educationinfo-icon, research, agricultureinfo-icon and industry.

A special mechanism would be created to promote trade, investment between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan.



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