Peaceful, stable Afghanistan in Pakistan’s interest: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s interest.

He was talking to an 18 -member delegation of the Afghan Parliament here.

He said both Pakistan and Afghanistan are committed not to allow their territories to be used against the other to make the region peaceful, progress and prosperous.

The Prime Minister said the two countries are committed to transform mutual relationship with a special focus on enhanced political engagement, deeper security and counter terrorism cooperation, expanded trade and economic partnership, and regional cooperation.

He said Operation Zarb-e-Azb has dismantled terrorist network and their infrastructure in North Waziristan. He said such parliamentary exchanges are very useful in bringing the people of two countries closer.

Advisor to the prime minister on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special assistant on foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi, Political Secretary to the prime minister Dr. Asif Kirmani, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Senator Afrasiab Khattak and MNA Mr. Aftab Sherpao were also present during the meeting.

The Afghan parliamentarians condemned the attack in Peshawar. They said peace is in the best interest of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Parliamentarians said Afghanistan values Pakistan’s commitment towards lasting peace. The delegation also invited PM to visit Afghanistan at his convenience.

The Afghan delegation was being jointly led by Chairman International Affairs Commission Wolesi Jirga Abdul Qader Zazai and Senator Baz Mohammad Zormati.

The Afghan delegation is in Islamabad to attend the 12th session of the Dialogue between Parliamentarians of Pakistan and Afghanistan arranged by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency.

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