Pakistan’s prosperity linked with Afghanistan‚ says PM


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a 2nd round of one-on-one exclusive talks on Tuesday, with the prime minister saying prosperity of Pakistan was linked with peace in Afghanistan.

The prime minister hosted a luncheon for the visiting Afghan president and his delegation.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar‚ Adviser on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani also attended the meeting.

The meeting discussed regional security situation besides other issues, including ways to curb terrorism and further improving Pak-Afghan relations to bring stability and peace to the region.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Hamid Karzai held a one-on-one meeting in Islamabad in the morning and exchanged views on bilateral issues besides discussing regional situation with particular focus on post-NATO withdrawal situation in Afghanistan.

During the meeting, Nawaz said both countries faced common challenges and the two needed to be on the same page.

He said Pakistan would continue to support the Afghan reconciliation process.

The two leaders also discussed border situation and possible cooperation in war against terrorism.

The Afghan president requested the Pakistani government to assist in the ongoing reconciliation process in Afghanistan to bring peace and stability in the country.

It is pertinent to mention that the Afghan president extended his visit for a day on the request of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Karzai later left for Afghanistan after concluding his two-day visit.

PM’s Special Representative on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz bade him farewell at the Nur Khan Airbase.