Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that peace in Afghanistan was imperative for regional economic development and connectivity.
He said that Afghan peace process would be beginning of an era of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region. He said that Pakistan would stand firm with an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process.
The Speaker was talking to a delegation led by Special Representative of the Afghan President Mr. Omar Daudzai which called on him in Islamabad on Thursday.
Pak-Afghan relations and the political situation in the region and issues of mutual interest came under discussion during the meeting.
Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan strongly desires a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan which is in the best interest of Pakistan and the entire region.
He said that Pakistani and Afghan people were not only neighbours and brothers but also have strong historic linkages.
He said that constructive engagement between political leaderships had brought two nations more closer.
The Speaker NA said that Pakistan has consistently supported an inclusive, broad based and political peace efforts in Afghanistan.
He opined that the parties to the peace process should avail this opportunity and engage constructively for durable peace in Afghanistan.
He said that positive progression in the peace negotiations depicts the commitment of the Afghan leadership in the peace process. He said that there was no military solution to the Afghan issue.
Special Representative of Afghan President for Pakistan Mr. Omar Daudzai said that government and people of Afghanistan are appreciative of Pakistan’s efforts for peace in Afghanistan.
He said that Afghan nation value Pakistan for its assistance for infrastructure development in Afghanistan especially for hosting Afghan refugees for decades.
He agreed that the all parties to the peace process need to pursue it through perseverance and commitment for lasting peace in Afghanistan.
He agreed that not only Afghanistan but the entire region would reap the dividends of peace.