President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sideline of 14th Islamic Summit in Mecca of Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan Presidential Office in a statement declared that President Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed bilateral ties and Afghanistan peace process.
The leader exchanged views on Afghanistan peace and reconciliation process, the statement said, adding: “Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.”
He also underlined Pakistan’s firm help for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process for a political solution in the war-torn country.
It is also declared that President Ghani expressed the Afghan government’s concerns about the closure of Pakistani air space for Afghanistan’s flights reaching to India. The Pakistani Prime Minister promised to address the problem, the statement added.
The statement added that Ghani and Khan are going to more talk about security and economic problems in the forthcoming visit of the Afghan president to Islamabad.
The Presidential Palace in a statement declared that Ghani and Khan also mentioned issues around regional connectivity along with trade and transit.
Regional countries have perceived that continued war in Afghanistan is going to be harmful to both the region and world as there is no military solution for disputes in Afghanistan.
As a neighboring of Afghanistan, Pakistan should act upon on its commitments to Afghanistan and take honestly and practical steps towards maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan. There is a vision if Pakistan chases its joint cooperation with Afghanistan in counter-terrorism with further transparency and honestly, many of key challenges of the two countries are going to be addressed and pave the way for mutual cooperation depending on diplomatic processes.
Political experts believe that it’s time Islamabad should review its strategy and policy in connection with supporting terrorist groups in its soil. Pakistan should know it will be further isolated in case that the country continues its double game with Afghanistan; therefore, a good opportunity has been paved for Pakistan to help Afghanistan in maintaining peace and stability.
Reaching lasting peace and stability is in the benefit of both countries. Lasting stability in the region helps both Afghanistan and Pakistan reach economic development and tranquility.
Meanwhile, we admit that reaching peace and stability in Afghanistan also depends on the continued efforts of the international community and regional countries. Regional countries should play an effective role and provide cooperation to Afghanistan in maintaining security in the country.
Obviously, execution each one of these stages is impossible without Pakistan and other regional nations as keeping political and economic relations with Central Asian countries, Pakistan and India are also significant.
Afghans, who are the real victims of continued war in the country, want lasting peace and stability as hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and seriously injured because of the 41 years of war in the country.