NA speaker says trade with Afghanistan is vital

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – June 17, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The national assembly (NA) speaker Asad Qaiser said, Tuesday, that stable relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan is imperative for the progress and development of both nations and asserted that an enhanced bilateral parliamentary, trade and economic cooperation is the need of the hour.

According to an official statement, NA speaker Qaiser expressed these views in a meeting with the ambassador of Afghanistan Shukr Allah Atif who called on him in the federal capital.

NA speaker Qaiser mentioned that a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan has always been the prime objective of Pakistan's foreign policy.

He added that a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood was in the interest of Pakistan. 

NA speaker Qaiser remarked that Pakistan and Afghanistan are brotherly neighbouring countries intertwined in religious, cultural and historical bonds.

He also termed Afghanistan, a gateway to central Asia and asserted that the Afghan land can link the South with central Asia.

NA speaker Qaiser emphasised the need for intensifying contacts between the legislatures of both the countries.

He suggested for enhancing these contacts through parliamentary friendship groups besides establishing contacts between trade and commerce committees of both the parliaments.

NA speaker Qaiser informed that he was contemplating the establishment of a parliamentary forum comprising members of the parliament from all the political parties belonging to all the four federating units for creating synergies of cooperation and better understanding between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He reiterated his earlier invitation to Afghan Wolesi Jirga (house of the people of Afghanistan) speaker to visit Pakistan along with a delegation.

NA speaker Qaiser suggested that immense trade potential exists on either side of the border, therefore, interaction of concerned ministries was imperative to reduce barriers in that regard.

He suggested that interaction between trade and commerce committees of both parliaments could pave the way for enhancing bilateral trade.

NA speaker Qaiser also suggested that Afghan students and citizen could take advantage of relaxed visa conditions for education and medical purposes.

The Afghan ambassador Atif thanked Pakistan government for its continued support to the peace process in Afghanistan.

He expressed his deep sorrow over the tragic deaths of patients affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pakistan and prayed for the early recovery of all those who test positive.

Afghan ambassador Atif said that Afghanistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and desires to accelerate this cooperation in diverse sectors.

He said that Afghan people especially have warm feelings for Pakistani people.

Afghan ambassador Atif agreed for enhancing ties between both the parliaments and also assured to convey the invitation of NA speaker Qaiser to Wolesi Jirga speaker to visit Pakistan.