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Joint Af-Pak campaign against terror underlined

Joint Af-Pak campaign against terror underlined

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Apr 26, 2018 - 09:05

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon and Afghanistaninfo-icon have been urged to work together for combating the scourge of terrorism and paving the ground for regional security.

During a conference at the Area Study Centre at the University of Peshawar in Wednesday, speakers called for substantive talks between the estranged neighbours.

Dialogue was the only solution and the intellectual input should come through academic activities, including seminars, workshops, conferences and people-to-people contact.

Academicians, legal experts, political commentators, former bureaucrats, media representatives, researchers and a large number of civil societyinfo-icon activists attended the event.

Dr. Razia Sultana, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Womeninfo-icon University vice-chancellor said the legacy of Cold War was still haunting Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan’s tribal region became a global flashpoint soon after the Talibaninfo-icon regime in Kabulinfo-icon was ousted in the wake of the US invasion in late 2001, she recalled.

Area Study Centre Director Dr. Shabir Ahmad Khan said the key objective behind the conference was to develop a better understanding of the issues.

He believed better management of the British-era Durand Lineinfo-icon would be instrumental in curbing externalinfo-icon interference and extremism.

Former ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mohmand called the backwardness and underdevelopment of FATAinfo-icon the main cause of the rising tide of militancy there.

Ex-vice-chancellor of Peshawar University Dr. Azmat Hayat Khan asked the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan to join hands for fighting the common threat of terrorism.

He stressed the need for positive engagement between the neighbours to move towards a tolerant, integrated and progressive society for the people of war-hit areas.

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