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   April  16, 2015



CM KP with a delegation called on President of Afghanistan

Chitral Times Report

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 bilateral relations.

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 affairs.

                He 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.

                On 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.



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