Nawaz in Kabul: Afghanisntan, Pakistan vow to work together in fighting terror 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (right) and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (left) shaking hands. Sharif arrived in Kabul on his second official trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. (Photo: TOT)

May 12, Kabul, Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan‘s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a joint press conference on Tuesday vowed to further strengthen the positive momentum in bilateral relations and help enhance common attempts in restoring durable peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

President Ghani said that “the war is being imposed on both Afghanistan and Pakistan and we need to work together to repossess peace, adding enemies of both the countries are the same.”

Both sides agreed that peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan was in the best interests of both countries.

Sharif assured Ghani that “no enemy of Afghanistan can be a friend of Pakistan. He emphasized that Pakistan will support any move undertaken for regional integration.

“Any effort causing destabilization of Afghanistan will be dealt severely, Sharif Said on Tuesday. He also

reaffirmed his commitment to support Afghanistan in its endeavors for gaining peace and tranquility.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other high-ranking officials arrived in Kabul Tuesday morning and met the CEO Abdullah Abdullah and other officials of Afghanistan‘s National Unity Government.

Building close cooperative relations with Afghanistan is a top priority in Pakistan‘s foreign policy and a vital component of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s vision of a peaceful neighborhood, Pakistan’s official statement said on Monday.

Pakistani Embassy said the prime minister’s visit takes place at a time when bilateral relations between the two countries are underpinned by unprecedented warmth, mutual trust and a shared vision of working in lockstep to build a peaceful and stable region.

This is Sharif’s second visit to Afghanistan and the first after the formation of National Unity Government in Kabul. Earlier, the Prime Minister visited Afghanistan on November 30, 2013.

“Sharif made what may be some of his strongest remarks ever in support of peace in Afghanistan. The days of Pakistan looking the other way while they carry out violence in Afghanistan are over,” says Pakistan’s Sharif. This remark has a powerful message for the Taliban.”

Pakistan army Chief General Raheel Sharif accompanied Nawaz Sharif. Analysts in Kabul and Peshawar think the trip’s prime objective was to ease Kabul’s concerns that Pakistan is not doing enough to facilitate talks with the Taliban. Though, Ghani’s led national unity government doesn’t raise this grudge and rarely talks about the Haqqani Network, Quetta Shura and the Afghan Taliban, however Kabul has been persuading Islamabad to facilitate talks with the Taliban.

Sharif also pledged to take coordinated action with Afghanistan against militant havens along the border.

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