Pak attaches great importance to relations with Afghanistan: Naek
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.