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PublishDate: Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:00

Pakistan supports Afghan owned peace process

Pakistan would be supportive of any political solution for peace in Afghanistan that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.

Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, Wednesday, said that the gradual withdrawal of ISAF/ NATO troops from Afghanistan would help facilitate the reconciliation process inside Afghanistan resulting in regional peace and stability. While addressing closing ceremony of seminar “Heart of Asia 2015 and Beyond” as a chief guest at National Defence University he has said that the post-2014 US exit scenario presents opportunities and challenges Chairman further remarked that Pakistan has an abiding interest in stability of Afghanistan and our leadership is committed to strengthen relations with the country.

He said that Pakistan would be supportive of any political solution for peace in Afghanistan that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned. Pakistan wishes to redouble its efforts in facilitating direct intra-Afghan contacts, The Senate Chairman added.

“One thing is for sure that we have a common vision of problems faced by both countries and both sides are in agreement that peace, security and stability in the two neighbours is interlinked” Nayyer Bokhari observed.

He mentioned that Pakistan has recently taken an initiative for greater people-to-people contacts, whereby a Pakistan-Afghanistan Peoples Friendship Association is being launched with Senator Afrasiab Khattak as its President and Senator Dr. Jehangir Badar as the Secretary General, which would hold a big Pakistan-Afghanistan Peoples Friendship Festival in Kabul during October 26-28, 2013.

Regarding the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Chairman Senate said that the war has grave geo-strategic consequences for Pakistan. It has paid huge cost in the form of militant insurgency in its tribal areas, religious extremism, domestic terrorism, drone strikes and public mistrust of this war. Historically speaking, the importance of Afghanistan for Pakistan can hardly be underestimated.

Addressing the participants of the seminar, the Senate Chairman said that active participation is needed from all the regional stakeholders for securing and stabilizing Afghanistan and that no decision for Afghanistan can be made without the facilitating role in terms of active politico-economic and diplomatic ones by the regional countries. (Pak Observer)

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