Peace in Afghanistan imperative for progress & prosperity of Pakistan: FM Qureshi

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Peace in Afghanistan imperative for progress & prosperity of Pakistan: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Pakistan foresees its betterment in peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.

Addressing a ceremony at Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan is very clear in its objective with regard to peaceful Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister said there will be challenges on the road to peace and prosperity that needs to be overcome jointly.

He said prosperity of Pakistan is possible if there is peace and tranquility in Afghanistan. He said we assure our utmost cooperation for a peaceful Afghanistan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan and Afghanistan stood by each other through thick and thin and shared grief of each other.

He said both countries have common agenda of peace and people of both countries also want better relations between the two countries.

The Foreign Minister said both countries have to look for the future of coming generations.

He said delegations of the two countries had constructive engagements this morning. He termed the visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan as a turning point.  

Talking to media in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan and Afghanistan have joined hands to move ahead together in the best interest of the region.

He said both the countries have also agreed to look into the prospects as to how we can help each other and to rebuild the confidence.

The Foreign Minister said the government has decided to keep Torkham border open for twenty-four hours to ease the process of transportation of goods.

He said efforts are also afoot to tackle the difficulties in the visa process between the two countries.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said government has also constituted a task force to improve the matters of trade and connectivity between both the countries.

He emphasized the need for enhancing connectivity for promoting mutual relations.

He said Pakistan and Afghanistan have discussed matters pertaining to trade, transit trade, investment and connectivity in a cordial ambiance.

The Foreign Minister said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will embark on his visit to Lahore tomorrow, where he will interact with the business community for economic integration.