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Pak-Afghan Joint declaration stresses peace, stability in region

15 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pak-Afghan parliamentarians and speakers on Saturday issued a final declaration urging both the countries to avoid policy of interference into affairs of each other, stressing both the governments should discover new avenues of cooperation and should join hands to promote peace and stability in the region.

They were addressing the concluding day of the two-day Pakistan-Afghanistan Conference II ISAF Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Bilateral partnership for peace and coordination that was organized by South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA).

Addressing the conference, the advisor to Prime Minister on security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz said that 2014 is important year in connection with Afghanistan, adding that there is no military solution of Afghanistan issue.

PML-N leader said, a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan is in vital and best interest of Pakistan for which Pakistan is making necessary efforts.

Qaumi wattan Party head Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao emphasized to shift responsibilities to the tribes residing across the border in connection with border management adding that Pakistan could voice for Afghan people at international leaders.

Senator Farhatullah Babar from Pakistan Peoples Party supported the argument that dialogue must be continued between both the stake holders across the border to resolve their issues.

He also second the words of Sherpao on establishing a border management system and stated that a strong border management system is needed to be established that may allow mutual trade but could curtail the cross border infiltrations.

Scholar and defense analyst Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi cited that it's time to take some decisive measures towards peace, suggesting improvement in the economic ties, creating mutual economic interdependence in wake of expected future decrease of external aids for both the countries.

Engineer Kamal Safi from Afghanistan said that unless the proxy wars come to end in the region the dream of peace could not become true and the regions could not be stabilized. For peace Pak-India and India-China proxy wars should be ended.

Defense analyst Lt. Gen (Retd) Talat Masood urged to establish of cordial relations an effort for joint self existence, terming it a necessary for the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as the region.

PML-N leader Pir Sabir Shah was of the view that genocide of pushtoons is underway and they are being destroyed in drones strikes, terrorism and militancy in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan.

He disclosed that if Nawaz Sharif was not forced stepping down by a dictator in 1999, he had a plan to construct motorway till Peshawar by 2002 that was supposed to be extended till Nangarhar province of Afghanistan by 2005, dreaming economic stability for the two countries.

Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, a Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (Fazal) leader posed a question that why to wait for 2014 to establish mutual cordial ties, why not now, adding that intelligence agencies of neighboring countries vow to fight their battles in Afghanistan and peace could not be established unless they guarantee.

JUI-F leader gave a statement that the parliaments in both the countries are unable to take major decisions as such decisions have always been adopted by the military establishments in the two countries.

Awami National Party's senator Afrasiyab Khatak pointed out that trust deficit is major obstacle in establishing friendly ties between the two neighboring countries, which should be resviewed.

"Rather supporting a group or the nation, Pakistan has to support the Afghanistan so that may lead towards establishing peace in the region," ANP leader cited adding that Pakistan would have to change her role in Afghanistan for which new trade infrastructure would have to be constructed.

Delivering the note of thanks, the Secretary General SAFMA Imtaiz Alam said that 2014 will prove a crucial year for both Pakistan and Afghanistan, as the US and ISAF led troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan.

Alam noted that it was observed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is committed to improve the relations between the two countries.

"There are differences over the border issues, but the ways are there to resolve them in a positive and constructive manner with respect for each other," he added.

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