AfPak Com­mis­sion to iden­tify shared woes

Pak-Afghan MPs ne­go­ti­a­tions end

The Financial Daily - - ECONOMY & CONTINUATION -

ISLAMABAD: Pak­istan and Afghanistan lay­ing great em­pha­sis on joint ef­forts to tackle terrorism have stressed on the need of es­tab­lish­ing a joint com­mis­sion to iden­tify prob­lems be­tween them.

Ac­cord­ing to the joint state­ment re­leased at the end of two days talks be­tween the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from Pak­istan and Afghanistan, del­e­gates from the two sides laid great em­pha­sis on joint ef­forts to tackle the prob­lem of terrorism which has not only caused death and de­struc­tion in the re­gion but has been the ma­jor im­ped­i­ment in the de­vel­op­ment of both Afghanistan and Pak­istan.

They urged co­op­er­a­tion of each other's Par­lia­ment to bring to the no­tice of their re­spec­tive Gov­ern­ments prob­lems iden­ti­fied by the other side for im­me­di­ate re­me­dial ac­tion.

This, they thought, would greatly help in bring­ing the two coun­tries fur­ther closer to each other.

The two sides felt the need of es­tab­lish­ing a Joint Com­mis­sion, es­tab­lished al­ready, to iden­tify prob­lems be­tween them.

The task of the Com­mis­sion would be to find so­lu­tions to these prob­lems which will help in ce­ment­ing broth­erly re­la­tions be­tween the two neigh­bors.

The in­tel­li­gence agen­cies of the two coun­tries, Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans felt, were pur­su­ing their own in­di­vid­ual in­ter­est whereas terrorism was a com­mon en­emy de­mand­ing col­lec­tive ac­tion by the agen­cies of the two coun­tries.

Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans ex­pressed concern on longer de­lays for clear­ance of goods un­der Afghan Transit Trade which was caus­ing huge fi­nan­cial loss. They agreed on find­ing a so­lu­tion to this long over-due prob­lem for stream­lin­ing busi­ness re­la­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans felt the need and im­por­tance of me­dia in mold­ing pub­lic opin­ion. It can play a pos­i­tive role in bridg­ing the trust deficit that

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