The Na­tion be­ing “Heart of Asia”, Afghanistan has a very rich cul­ture and his­tory. His­tor­i­cally, it played sig­nif­i­cant role in the po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural, eco­nomic and spir­i­tual de­vel­op­ment ofCen­tral and SouthA­sia and even be­yond. Be­ing a ma­jor route of the an­cient Silk Road, Afghanistan con­nected the great civilizations of China, South and Cen­tral Asia with the West. It is for this rea­son, his­to­ri­ans called this coun­try as, “the cross-road of civilizations and cul­tures”. How­ever, this cul­tural rich­ness and its geostrate­gic lo­ca­tion al­ways at­tracted pow­er­ful in­vaders throughout the his­tory re­sult­ing in the de­struc­tion and dev­as­ta­tion of this land. Nev­er­the­less, it re­mained united as one Na­tion through the ups and downs of its tur­bu­lent his­tory. The re­cent un­rest in mod­ern Afghan his­tory was the Soviet in­va­sion which re­sulted in the over three decade long con­flict. Al­though Afghan Na­tion came tri­umphant of the in­va­sion, it was the in­ter­nal fight­ing that hin­deredAfghanistan to be­come a sta­ble and pros­per­ous coun­try. How­ever, af­ter the tragic in­ci­dent of 9/11 the world community came to as­sist Afghanistan. Since then Afghanistan has made sig­nif­i­cant progress in po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic sec­tors. The de­vel­op­ment in ed­u­ca­tion, health, in­fra­struc­ture and other so­cial sec­tors is non­par­al­lel. How­ever, be­side these achieve­ments the coun­try faces ma­jor chal­lenges in safe­guard­ing these gains and bring­ing sus­tain­able peace and sta­bil­ity. Afghanistan and Pak­istan share com­mon re­li­gion, cul­ture and his­tory. Based on these com­mon­al­i­ties theAfghan Pres­i­dent, H.E. Hamid Karzai calls both the Nations as twin broth­ers. The Afghan Pres­i­dent vis­ited Pak­istan sev­eral times dur­ing the past few years which show com­mit­ment and good­will of Afghanistan to­wards its brotherly neigh­bor. How­ever, there are ar­eas that need an en­hanced co­op­er­a­tive ap­proach to elim­i­nate mis­un­der­stand­ings and to find mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able so­lu­tions. Pak­istan's cel­e­brated na­tional poet, Al­lama Mo­ham­mad Iqbal, how rightly char­ac­ter­izedAfghanistan as be­ing at the heart ofAsia, say­ing that a sta­bleAfghanistan was re­ally the es­sen­tial key to sta­bil­ity across all ofAsia. It is time for both the nations to join hands for a peace­ful, de­vel­oped and a sta­ble neigh­bor­hood. At this 93rd In­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions, Afghanistan stands com­mit­ted for deep friendly and sin­cere re­la­tions with Pak­istan based on mu­tual re­spects for the well-be­ing and pros­per­ity of both the Nations.

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