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Analysts pin high hopes on Pak’s PM Sharif visit to Kabul

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: As Pakistan’s Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif is due to visit Kabul today (Tuesday), a number of analysts believe that the visit will be highly important for both the countries, considering the current situation in Afghanistan and the region.

Terming the Pakistan Prime Minister’s visit as important for both the countries, Muhibullah Sharif, an analyst, said he believes that the two sides will discuss vital and fate-making issues.

Quoted by Radio Azadi, he said the current situation of the country reveals that high-ranking Pakistani delegation will discuss on highly important issues with the Afghan officials.

He suggested that Pakistan’s Prime Minister should bring the message that it has a good response to Afghanistan’s soft stance and flexibility towards Islamabad.

A number of reports suggest that the Pakistani delegation will ask the Afghan government to come up with soft stance against militants, particularly during military operations. However, experts say it will not be acceptable for Afghans to let the government take soft stance against those who want to destabilize the country and kill the innocent people.

In a chat with Afghanistan Times, Japan-based Afghan analyst and lecturer, Samim Rahpaya, said the National Unity Government (NUG) should not kneel down to unfair suggestions by the Pakistani delegation; rather the two sides should come up with inclusive talks about bolstering bilateral ties and brining peace in Afghanistan as well as the region. “If the reports about Pakistan’s suggestion are true, then the government should never accept such kinds of demands, as Afghans are fed up with war and now is the time for lasting peace and stability in the country,” he added.

Office of the Chief Executive of the NUG says Pakistan is among countries which can help the peace process in Afghanistan therefore the government is trying to create trust environment between the two countries.

Radio Azadi quoted the Chief Executive’s spokesman, Javid Faisal, as saying that Kabul wants to build trust between the two countries and step towards better achievements in the peace process and expansion of Afghanistan-Pakistan ties.

Pakistan’s prime Minister will meet with President Ghani and the Chief Executive Abdullah.

According to Pakistan’s Embassy in Kabul, building peaceful neighborhood is among main goals of the trip.

The trip will take place at a time as recently Pakistan’s ex-President Asif Ali Zardari and leader of Pakistan’s People Party visited Kabul and met with high-ranking Afghan officials.

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