KABUL: Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan his reiterated his country’s commitment to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Afghanistan, including trade and economic ties and people-to-people linkages.
Mr. Khan made this remark during a meeting with Ustad Karim Khalili, Leader of the Hezb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami Afghanistan. Ustad Khalilil is current in an official trip to Pakistan, where he met with Pakistan authorities including the Prime Minister, discussing issues related to the Afghan peace and strengthening of mutual ties.
Khalili and Pakistan’s Khan had exchange views on progress in the Afghan peace process and bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Mr. Khan underscored his longstanding position that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political settlement was the only way forward, his office said in a statement.
Noting that the Afghan people had suffered gravely due to prolonged conflict in the country, Mr. Khan stressed that after the Afghan people, Pakistan was most desirous of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Reiterating Pakistan’s consistent support to the Afghan peace process, the Prime Minister underscored that the Intra-Afghan Negotiations process must be pursued with perseverance and patience for an inclusive and broad-based solution, the statement said.
The Prime Minister recalled his recent interaction with Afghan leaders and underlined that Pakistan’s message to all sides was to work together for a peaceful solution. The Prime Minister particularly underscored the importance of reduction of violence leading to ceasefire, the statement added.
Mr. Khan added that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan will open up new vistas of cooperation in trade and regional connectivity.
He also assured the Afghan delegation of Pakistan’s continued support for human resource development through scholarships and socio-economic development projects in Afghanistan.