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Pakistan, Afghanistan to work closely to overcome security and economic challenges: Ambassador Sadiq

Islamabad, February 26, 2014 (PPI-OT): A 22-member delegation of notables and tribal elders from Kandahar called on Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq, in Kabul today. Talking to the delegation, the Ambassador said that Pakistan attached utmost importance to its ties with Afghanistan as both the neighbouring countries shared the same religion, culture and history.

He informed the delegation that Pakistan had been making sincere efforts to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan as peace and development of the two countries were inter-linked. He said both countries needed to work together to overcome the security and economic challenges faced by them. The Ambassador also highlighted the steps taken by Pakistan for the reconstruction and development of socio-economic infrastructure in Afghanistan.

The delegation informed the Ambassador about the problems faced by the people of Kandhar particularly their travelling and transportation between Kandhar and Quetta. The delegation requested for the commencement of the bus and air services between Kandahar and Quetta.

The Ambassador assured the delegation that Pakistan would consider their request to facilitate people-to-people contacts. In order to improve trade between the two countries, the Ambassador said Pakistan would build railway lines from Chaman to Spin Boldak and onwards to Kandahar and Peshawar to Jalalabad, besides the construction of second carriageway of 75 km Torkham-Jalalabad carriageway.

He said that the completion of these projects would contribute enormously towards the economic betterment of the people of two neighbouring countries. He also termed recently concluded visit of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Revenue, Statistics and Privatization to Kabul as highly fruitful, saying that the visit would further promote economic relations between two countries. The delegation appreciated the efforts and role played by the Ambassador during his stay in Kabul for peace building and reconstruction of Afghanistan.

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