Pakistan, Afghanistan committed not to let their soils used against each other: PM

December 31, 2014

ISLAMABAD, Dec 31 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
Wednesday said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are committed not to
allow their territories to be used against each other.
      "Our two countries want to make this region peaceful,
progressive and prosperous," the Prime Minister said while talking
to a 18-member delegation of Afghanistan's parliament here at
the PM House.
        The delegation comprising members from Meshrano Jirga and
Wolesi Jirga, was jointly led by Abdul Qader Zazai, Chairman
International Affairs Commission Wolesi Jirga and Senator Baz
Mohammad Zormati.
        The 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 (PILDAT).
      The Prime Minister said a peaceful, stable, united and
prosperous Afghanistan is in Pakistan's vital interest.
      He mentioned the visit of President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan
and the London Conference on Afghanistan and added that the two
countries were committed to transform mutual relationship.
      He said special focus would be laid on four areas including
enhanced political engagement, deeper security and counter terrorism
cooperation; expanded trade and economic partnership; and regional
cooperation.
      The Prime Minister thanked the Afghan government and people
for their support and solidarity after the Peshawar terrorist
attack. He said Operation Zarb-e-Azb had dismantled terrorist
network and their infrastructure.
      He said the people of Afghanistan live in the hearts of
Pakistanis.
      "Afghanistan is very close to my heart and I have fond
memories of the place," he said, and added that he was longing to
see the same Kabul that used to be in 60s and 70s and wanted peace
and tranquillity to return to the country.
      The Prime Minister said parliamentary exchanges were very
useful in bringing the people of two countries closer.
      The Afghan delegation strongly condemned the attack at school
in Peshawar and said peace was in the best interest of Afghanistan
and Pakistan.
      They said Afghanistan values Pakistan's commitment towards
lasting peace.
      The delegation also invited Prime Minister Sharif to visit
Afghanistan at his convenience.
      The meeting agreed that exchanges between the two countries
may also include provincial legislators.
      From Pakistan side, the meeting was attended by Advisor to PM
on National Security Sartaj Aziz, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar,
Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, PM's
political secretary Dr. Asif Kirmani, Senator Mushahid Hussain
Sayed, Senator Afrasiab Khattak and MNA Aftab Sherpao.
      The members of the Afghan delegation included Senators
(Meshrano Jirga): Mohammad Hassan Hotak, Fowzea Saadat Zamkhanai,
Mir Bahador Wasifi, Ghulam Mohaiudin Monsef, Rana Tareen and
Lutfullah Baba.
      The members of Afghan Parliament (Wolesi Jirga) included Ali
Akbar Qasemi, Qudratullah Zaki, Gul Badshah Majidi, Sayed Nader Shah
Bahr, Mohammad Nazir Ahmadzai, Zakaria Zakaria, Baz Mohammad
Jawzjani and Sherwali Wardak.