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Pakhtun leaders’ Kabul trip was an ice-breaker: Sherpao

Pakhtun leaders’ Kabul trip was an ice-breaker: Sherpao

Dec 07, 2015 - 11:05

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A senior political leader has called for an end to the deadlock in Kabulinfo-icon-Islamabad relations for the sake of durable peace and stability in the region

Lingering mistrust between the neighbours could impede peace initiatives, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao told journalists in Peshawar late on Sunday.

Formerly, a two-time chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he billed a recent visit of Pakhtun leaders to Kabul as an icebreaker, hoping their mission would help thaw frosty relationship between the two countries.

The visiting delegation included Awami National Party President Asfandyar Wali, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Sherpao and former KP governor Engineer Shaukatullah.

Sherpao made clear that peace in Pakistaninfo-icon was tied to the restoration of stability in Afghanistaninfo-icon. Both countries must take concrete steps for improvement of bilateral relations, he stressed.

The QWP was in favour of better Afghan-Pakistan relations, he said, adding Pakhtun-inhabited areas had suffered the most over the last three decades of conflict and militancy.

He insisted: “Pakhtuns are a peace-loving people, not terrorists.” They had rendered unprecedented sacrifices for the restoration of peace and combating terrorism, Sherpao maintained.


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