Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday has welcomed the formation of the Pak-Afghan Trade and Investment Forum and hoped neighboring nations will work together.
“Whatever type of government Afghan people want, whoever they choose, it will be their own decision, Pakistan will work with that government,” Pakistani Prime Minister Said.
Khan added that peace in Afghanistan is important for the promotion of trade and economic activities in the region which will bring prosperity and provide job opportunities to the people.
Reports quoted the Prime Minister saying, “I would like to assure you that our government, our army, our intelligence agency is making their best efforts for reduction of violence, ceasefire, and peace in Afghanistan.”
“our government has decided to strengthen relations with Afghanistan, no matter who is in power”, Khan said during the inauguration of the trade forum.
According to Radio Pakistan, Khan is concerned that India could use Afghan soil to destabilize Pakistan.
Mohammad Sadiq, Pakistan’s special envoy to Afghanistan, said the two-day meeting would focus on bilateral cooperation and trade facilitation between the two countries.
Afghanistan is represented by Speaker of the parliament, Mir Rahman Rahmani, Minister of Commerce, and more than five high Afghan governmental officials.
This comes as the global watchdog on terror financing and money laundering FATF ruled against taking Pakistan off the grey list.
The decision was taken on Friday during the virtual plenary meeting of the FATF.
Despite many efforts, Pakistan has not been able to get out of the grey list, according to FATF. Pakistan had not met the conditions for removing the country from the gray list and was once again on the list.
FATF said in a statement that Pakistan had complied with 21 of its 28 conditions.