CM KP with a delegation called on President of Afghanistan
Chitral Times Report
PESHAWAR: A delegation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, led by
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, called on Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Ghani,
President of Afghanistan at presidential Palace, Kabul Wednesday.
The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations particularly
in the backdrop of security issues caused by the war on terror in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan. They put emphasis on
restoration of peace in both the countries and strengthen their
Members of the delegation included Provincial Minister for Minerals
Ziaullah Afridi, Advisor to Chief Minister for Tourism and Sports,
Amjad Afridi, Special Assistants to Chief Minister, Ishtiaq Urmar
and Abdul Munim Khan, Senator Mohsin Aziz, Parliamentary leader of
PML(N) in KP Assembly Sardar Aurangzeb Nalotha, Chief Secretary
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amjad Ali Khan, President of KP Chamber of
Commerce & Industry Fawad Ishaq, several high ranking civil
officers and representatives of the media.
During the meeting, the chief Minister Pervez Khattak informed
Afghan President Asraf Ghani about the negative impacts that Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Province was facing due to prolonged Afghan war, and
stressed the need for promoting and strengthening trust worthy
bilateral relations between the two countries on sustainable
footings especially in the fields of trade, culture and refugees
also highlighted the vision of Imran Khan, Chairman, Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf, for bringing change and measures taken by Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa government for introducing reforms to achieve the goals
of the PTI agenda. He said that the provincial government was
planning to bring its trade relations with Afghanistan in to sphere
of the reforms so as to regularize and strengthen our trade
relations. He reminded about his party chief Imran Khan’s
opposition to US drone attacks and said that issues of terrorism
could easily be resolved through peaceful and political means.
this occasion President Dr. Ashraf Ghani reiterated his stance for
strengthening brotherly relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He welcomed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government delegation saying
that they were not strangers in Kabul as people of both countries
have similar cultural and social norms.
Earlier Chief Minister Pervez Khattak also met with former Afghan
President Hamid Karzai at his residence in Kabul and discussed with
him several matters of mutual interest. He said that cordial
relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan would help establish
durable peace as well as trade cultural and social relations
between the people of Afghanistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. On this
occasion former President Hamid Karzai briefed the delegation about
his efforts for return of peace in the region.
Meanwhile KP Government delegation, led by the Chief Minister also
met with Speaker of Afghan Parliament (Wolsi Jarga), Mr. Ibrahimi,
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Syed Rabbani, Minister for
Rehabilitation and Refugees, Syed Muhammad Alam Balkhi, Minister
for Commerce, Muzamil Shinwari and Afghan Chamber of Commerce and
Industry. They discussed with them various prospects for promoting
the provincial level relations with Afghanistan in collaboration
with the Federal Government of Pakistan in the refugees and
security affairs, trade ties and parliamentary contacts.