President says Pak-Afghan border was open in pandemic

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – October 1, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi emphasised, Wednesday, that Pakistan opened border crossing-points to facilitate Afghan transit trade despite the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and that the two countries should work together to enhance trade, transit and people-to-people exchanges.

According to an official statement, Afghanistan’s high council for national reconciliation (HCNR) chairman Abdullah Abdullah called on president Alvi, in the federal capital.

President Alvi underlined that Pakistan has completed a number of development projects in Afghanistan, including hospitals, schools, hostels and the road network and that Pakistan will be willing to extend more opportunities to Afghan students in higher education.

Expressing satisfaction at the progress achieved in the Afghan peace process, he conveyed his best wishes for success of Afghanistan’s HCNR chairman Abdullah in his assignment.

President Alvi reaffirmed Pakistan’s support to Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

He emphasised that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a politically negotiated settlement was the only way forward.

President Alvi noted that Pakistan’s contribution to the peace process has been appreciated by the international community adding that commencement of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha is a watershed.

He stressed that the Afghan leadership must seize this historic opportunity to work together constructively and secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

President Alvi reaffirmed that Pakistan will stand-by the decisions made by the Afghan nation with regard to the future of Afghanistan.

He emphasised the importance of patience and perseverance in the peace negotiations and underlined the need for guarding against the ‘spoilers,’ who do not wish to see the return of peace in the region.

President Alvi underscored that peace in Afghanistan is essential for Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as the region, to realise the economic potential.

Afghanistan’s HCNR chairman Abdullah is on his first official visit to Pakistan since assuming office on May 17, 2020. During his three-day visit, he held meetings with the leadership in Pakistan and interacted with the media.