Afghan MF chairman Massoud calls on PM Khan

By Staff Reporter
Friday – February 19, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan recalled, Thursday, the historic contribution of the late Ahmed Shah Massoud, a key mujahideen leader, during the Afghan resistance movement and reiterated his conviction that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political settlement was the only way forward.

According to a press release, Afghanistan’s Massoud Foundation (MF) chairman Ahmad Wali Massoud called on the PM in the federal capital.

The PM extended warm welcome to Afghanistan’s MF chairman Massoud and stated that Pakistan and Afghanistan were bound by a fraternal relationship, rooted deep in shared history and commonalities of faith, culture and traditions.

PM Khan highlighted the range of steps, including introduction of a liberal visa regime and increased facilitation in bilateral and transit trade to further strengthen fraternal ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s assistance for Afghanistan’s development efforts and human resource capacity-building will continue apace, he promised.

PM Khan added that after Afghanistan, Pakistan was the most desirous to see return of peace in Afghanistan as it was deeply affected by the conflict.

In the context of Afghan peace process, the PM highlighted that Pakistan had extended full support to facilitate the United States (US)-Taliban Peace Agreement and the initiation of Intra-Afghan Negotiations.

He stressed that the Intra-Afghan Negotiations provided a historic opportunity which must be seized by the Afghan leadership to achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

PM Khan added that Pakistan has been emphasising to all sides to work together constructively, take steps for reduction of violence leading to ceasefire, and secure a political solution for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

He underscored that the return of peace in Afghanistan will have lasting benefits for the region and beyond, through economic development, regional trade, and improved connectivity.

The visit of Afghanistan’s MF chairman Massoud and his delegation is in continuation of Pakistan’s policy to reach out to Afghan leaders to further strengthen bilateral ties and enhance mutual convergence on the Afghan peace process.