The Afghanistan Consul General in Peshawar, Dr Abdullah Waheed Poyan Saturday said that Pakistan and Afghanistan should make joint efforts to cope the common challenges for restoration of peace in the region. He said this while talking to media persons after attending a seminar held in connection with ‘Afghanistan International Culture Day’ at Peshawar Press Club, organized by Regional Forum for Peace and Development. He said that Afghanistan and Pakistan are being faced with common threats, which should be tackled with joint efforts.
He said that Afghan government gave much importance to boost relations with its neighbouring Pakistan as compared to others. Responding a question about the increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan, the Afghan diplomat said that every country has its own policy to strengthen relationship with its neighbouring countries, so Afghanistan has too utmost desire to enhance mutual ties with all regional countries, including Pakistan.
However, he stressed that it was eminent to sort out a peaceful solution to all outstanding issues and jointly address the common problems being faced by both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Poyan said that Pakhtuns on both sides of the border, had have suffered a lot during prolonged war against terrorism in the region. He said the health and education infrastructure had been badly shattered in the war torn areas, while a large number of Afghans were displaced of their country, he observed.—APP