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The Financial Daily - - ECON­OMY & CON­TIN­U­A­TION -

un­for­tu­nately still ex­ists some­what be­tween the peo­ple of the two coun­tries.

The two sides agreed to hold their next meet­ing in Kabul in May this year.

Head of Afghan del­e­ga­tion Syed Ishaq Gi­lani ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence on the con­clu­sion of talks said the prob­lem of ter­ror­ism could be curbed with the joint ef­forts of Afghanistan and Pak­istan while USA and Pak­istan should adopt a joint strat­egy to steer out a way for ter­mi­na­tion of drone at­tacks.

He said that Afghanistan is very keen to keep firm ties with Pak­istan.

Dur­ing re­cent years the level of con­fi­dence be­tween two coun­tries was raised due to which both the na­tion came closer to each other.

He said that both Pak­istan and Afghanistan are in the state of war against mu­tual en­emy and the two could suc­ceed against men­ace of ter­ror­ism, if they joined hands and strive to co­op­er­ate with each other.

"Nei­ther the land of Afghanistan was used against Pak­istan in the past nor anyone would be al­lowed to ex­ploit it in the fu­ture as Pak­istan and Afghanistan are the Is­lamic brother coun­tries and the re­la­tion be­tween the two coun­ties are splen­did", he added.

He told the jour­nal­ist that the mat­ters re­gard­ing trade, fight­ing against ter­ror­ism and abol­ish­ing the smuggling were dis­cussed dur­ing the talks of par­lia­men­tar­i­ans of two sides.

He said that meet­ing of Afghan del­e­ga­tion with Pres­i­dent Zar­dari was quite fruit­ful in which he as­sured to take step for pulling out Afghan con­tain­ers , which has been en­tan­gled at Karachi.

He said that a mis­per­cep­tion was be­ing pro­lif­er­at­ing in Pak­istan that In­dia was mak­ing its place by mak­ing so many con­sulates in Afghanistan. As a mat­ter of fact she was al­lowed to con­struct only those con­sulates which were deemed as nec­es­sary.

On the oc­ca­sion Se­na­tor Salim Sai­ful­lah Khan said that the visit of Afghan par­lia­men­tar­i­ans would not only help in bring­ing the peo­ple of both the coun­tries closer but also cause to strong the ties be­tween Pak­istan and Afghanistan.

He told the re­porters that the trade vol­ume be­tween two coun­tries has been touched the fig­ures of $2bil­lion. He said a 20 mem­ber del­e­ga­tion of Pak­istani par­lia­men­tar­i­ans would visit Afghanistan in May. -On­line

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