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Jamali Emphasizes the Need for Frequent Parliamentary Exchanges and People to People Contacts for Boosting Pak-Afghan Relations

Islamabad: Deputy Chairman Senate Mir Jan Mohammad Khan Jamali has stressed the need for frequent parliamentary interactions for generating better understanding between two neighbourly and brotherly countries to seek solutions to common challenges facing the two nations and for lasting peace and stability in the region for ultimate progress and prosperity of the people. Jamali added that Afghanistan is an independent country and historical evidence indicates that brave Afghan people never allow foreign occupants to take route on their soil.

He was expressing these views while having an interactive session with visiting Afghan Parliamentary delegation here today. Senator Salim Saifullah Khan, Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Hafiz Rashid and Secretary Senate Iftikharullah Babar were also present on the occasion.

“The doors and hearts of Pakistani people are always open for their Afghan brethren. The more we interact and have discourse the more understanding we have and will be better able to cope the challenges facing us”, Jamali added.

Reciprocating, the Afghan delegation offered their heartiest thanks for warm welcome received in Pakistan and hospitality extended. They appreciated this exclusive opportunity provided by Chairman Senate Mr. Farooq H. Naek to visit Pakistan and meet Pakistani friends and have close interaction with their counter parts and other high dignitaries.

“We consider it an obligation for every Afghan delegation and every Afghan citizen to be grateful for help and cooperation extended by Pakistan in times of Jihad against Soviet Union as well as unabated support to Afghan Muhajreen by Pakistan. Millions of our Martyrs are buried in soil of Pakistan.

We are grateful for Pakistan’s support since last three decades in every way. We consider Pakistan as our second home and appreciate education opportunities provided to Afghan students”. The President of Meshrano Jirga (Upper House) Fazl-e-Hadi Muslimyar said.

Jamali reiterated that it is high time that we must strive for bringing the two nations closer as we share common history, culture, language, religion and borders.

Mr. Fazl-e-Hadi said that Afghanistan is an independent country and wants to be dealt as such and Pakistan can play crucial role in development of Afghanistan. Pakistan’s cooperation in this regard is incumbent for stability of Afghanistan and the whole region.

Pakistan and Afghanistan’s stability and prosperity are interlinked and we must take practical steps to achieve break through via ongoing peace talks and Pakistan’s role as mediator is essential for their success. He added.

We need Pakistan’s assistance in post-withdrawal scenario of US led forces for making Afghanistan stable and sustainable. He reiterated that Parliaments of both countries should strive for this common end. We must joined hands for better future of our children.

On the behalf of Afghan nation we offer deep and sincere condolences for loss of precious lives of Pakistanis at the hands of NATO forces. Our innocent Afghan people are also victims of such attacks and we share the sorrow and pain of bereaved families and Pakistani nation. He further said that NATO containers stoppage should not affect Afghanistan’s interests and trade with Pakistan.

The President asked Deputy Chairman Senate to use his good office in order to expedite completion of the projects initiated by Pakistan in Afghanistan. Pakistan must invest in Afghanistan for its development.

Reciprocating, Jan Jamali said that we as Parliamentarians must engage each other along with our people for peace, stability and progress of the two nations and must try to enhance our cooperation in all fields including education, health and trade.

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