Peace in region directly linked with stability in Afghanistan: Fawad

Zubair Qureshi

Minister for Information & Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision was to link the region with Central Asia and Europe through a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

For improving economic conditions of the poor segments of the region, political stability of Afghanistan was of paramount importance for achievement of this goal, he said while addressing the inaugural session of the Pak Afghan Media Conclave organized by Pak Afghan Youth Forum at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts.

Fawad said Pakistan was desirous of setting up rail link between Gawadar and Tashkent and for this peace in Afghanistan was vital.

This he said would link Central Asia with China Pakistan Economic Corridor and it would also link Central Asia with Europe.

He said that US policies have failed in Afghanistan and both Pakistan and Afghanistan were paying its price.

He said that super powers play their games and then leave the region and in 1988 both US and USSR left Afghanistan at the mercy of the circumstances and people of Afghanistan and Pakistan bore the consequences.

Later the minist er distributed souvenirs among the Afghan delegates. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmed Khan was of the view Pakistan and Afghanistan shared a mutual religious, cultural and social history and being neighbours their interests and risks were common.

President Institute of Regional Studies Ambassador Nadeem Riaz said that both countries enjoyed old ties and building close relationship with Kabul was one of the top most priorities of the government of of Pakistan.

Reema Shaukat senior communication adviser of the Pak-Afghan Youth Forum expressed her gratitude to the Pakistani and the Afghan journalists for showing resolve to work together for the collective good of the people of the two countries.

We have unanimity of views on many issues said she adding the conclave would conclude on Thursday.

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