Pak at­taches great im­por­tance to re­la­tions with Afghanistan: Naek

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

Staff Cor­re­spon­dent ISLAMABAD: Pak­istan at­taches great im­por­tance to strength­en­ing bonds of friend­ship and close col­lab­o­ra­tion with Afghanistan. Since the present demo­cratic gov­ern­ment has come to power sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made to strengthen bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship. We strongly sup­port the sovereignty, in­de­pen­dence and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of broth­erly coun­try of Afghanistan.

This was stated by the Chair­man Se­nate, Fa­rooq H. Naek while talk­ing to vis­it­ing Afghan Par­lia­men­tary del­e­ga­tion who called on him at the Par­lia­ment House here on Wed­nes­day.

The Chair­man said terrorism is a com­mon threat and chal­lenge be­ing faced by Pak­istan and Afghanistan. Pak­istan is against terrorism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions. We are big­gest vic­tims of terrorism; we lost our great leader Sha­heed Mo­htarma Be­nazir Bhutto at the hands of ter­ror­ists. We have lost thou­sands of in­no­cent civil­ians and valiant per­son­nel of the armed forces. Terrorism has badly af­fected our econ­omy and day to day lives, it is a com­mon threat that re­quires a com­mon re­sponse, he added.

The Chair­man fur­ther said "peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan has vi­tal link with peace and tran­quil­ity in Pak­istan", an in­de­pen­dent, peace­ful and sta­ble Afghanistan is in the in­ter­est of Pak­istan, re­gion and the world.

The Chair­man called upon the Gov­ern­ment of Afghanistan to share ex­pe­ri­ences and join hands with Pak­istan to elim­i­nate ter­ror- ism not in Pak­istan and Afghanistan but also the en­tire world to bring in era of peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity.

Sayed Ishaq Gailani, leader of the Afghan del­e­ga­tion, while re­cip­ro­cat­ing the ges­ture said they are too pleased to visit broth­erly coun­try Pak­istan and spe­cially Se­nate of Pak­istan. He also thanked the Chair­man and Mem­bers of the Se­nate for their hos­pi­tal­ity. While ex­press­ing their strong de­sire and com­mit­ment to fur­ther en­hance the broth­erly re­la­tions with Pak­istan, the mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion said that Pak­istan and Afghanistan were brothers and neigh­bours. They will make all pos­si­ble ef­forts to fur­ther en­hance the broth­erly re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

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