HWI chairman Khalili calls on top brass in Pakistan

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – January 13, 2021
ISLAMABAD: Reiterating Pakistan’s consistent support to the Afghan peace process, the prime minister (PM) Imran Khan underscored, Tuesday, the intra-Afghan negotiations process must be pursued with perseverance and patience for an inclusive and broad-based solution.

According to press releases, Afghanistan’s Hezb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami (HWI) chairman Karim Khalili called on PM Khan in the federal capital.

The PM, recalled his recent interaction with Afghan leaders and, underlined, “Pakistan’s message to all sides was to work together for a peaceful solution.”

PM Khan conveyed Pakistan’s commitment to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Afghanistan, including trade and economic ties and people-to-people linkages.

He underscored his longstanding position, “There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan,” a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward.

Noting the Afghan people had suffered gravely due to prolonged conflict in the country, the PM stressed, after the Afghan people, Pakistan is most desirous of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

PM Khan particularly underscored the importance of reduction of violence leading to ceasefire.

He added, a peaceful and stable Afghanistan will open up new vistas of cooperation in trade and regional connectivity.

PM Khan assured the Afghan delegation of Pakistan’s continued support for human resource development through scholarships and socio-economic development projects in Afghanistan.

The exchange of views covered progress in the Afghan peace process and bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Separately, HWI chairman Khalili called on foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the federal capital.

The FM underlined, the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan are linked through immutable bonds of history, faith, culture and traditions.

He highlighted the various steps taken by Pakistan to strengthen bilateral and transit trade and introduction of revised visa policy to facilitate Afghan nationals.

Highlighting Pakistan’s positive contribution to the various milestones achieved so far, FM Qureshi reaffirmed, “Pakistan will continue to facilitate the Afghan peace process.”

He cautioned against the role of ‘spoilers’ within and outside Afghanistan, who did not wish to see return of peace in Afghanistan and the region.

FM Qureshi expressed the hope for the return of peace and stability in Afghanistan to provide a strong impetus to economic development, regional integration, and connectivity, benefitting Afghanistan and the region.

He emphasised Pakistan’s commitment to safe and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland.

HWI chairman Khalili thanked for Pakistan’s consistent support to Afghanistan, particularly in the peace process and for hosting millions of Afghan refugees for the last many decades.

He appreciated the various steps taken by Pakistan to strengthen trade between the two countries and facilitate Afghan nationals through revised visa policy.

Separately, HWI chairman Khalili called on the chief of army staff (COAS) general (Gen) Qamar Javed Bajwa at general headquarters (GHQ) in the garrison city.

He appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan and the COAS vision on future of Pakistan-Afghan relations.

COAS Gen Bajwa said, “Peace in Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan,” a stable and prosperous Afghanistan at peace with itself and its neighbours is in Pakistan’s national interest.

Matters of mutual interest, peace and stability in the region, connectivity and current developments in Afghan peace process were discussed during the meeting.