Pakistan’s commitment to Afghan peace

DESPITE top Afghan leadership’s tirade against Pakistan at Indian whims in recent times, Pakistan has always shown goodwill towards Afghan people and repeatedly expressed resolve to continue playing a meaningful role for peace and stability there. In order to achieve that objective, the country has always tried to maintain contacts with Afghan people at different levels as part of efforts to develop better understanding of issues and remove existing mistrust in relations.
Currently a fourteen-member Afghan media delegation is visiting Pakistan and holding talks with government officials. On Monday, the delegation met Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz during which the latter reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan. At the same time, he also stressed the need for meaningful engagement between the two countries in areas of security, counter terrorism and border management to prevent cross border movement of terrorists. Also on Monday, Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi while talking to Afghan Ambassador Omer Zakhilwal called for politically negotiated solution to Afghan conflict and mentioned the steps taken by Pakistan for facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. These very statements clearly reflect the significance that our leadership attaches to Afghanistan and their desire to collectively work out common challenges especially cross-border movement of terrorists. To check this trend, Pakistan has made efforts to strengthen border management but the same kind of efforts is yet to be undertaken by the other side. Instead of pointing fingers at each other, in fact a strong and robust mechanism at borders is in the interest of both the countries to squeeze terrorists and foil their nefarious designs against our peoples. Whilst there is need to further enhance exchanges between the two countries at different levels, the top leadership also needs to stay in touch with each other more frequently in order to address the thorny issues. Such a course will not provide any room to the enemy to create cracks of misunderstanding in our bilateral relations.

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