Pakistan Wants Strong Trade Relations With Afghanistan: Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan Wants Strong Trade Relations With Afghanista: Sartaj Aziz.PakistanTribe.Com

Pakistan Wants Strong Trade Relations With Afghanista: Sartaj Aziz.PakistanTribe.Com

ISLAMABAD/KABUL – Sartaj Aziz – Prime Minister’s adviser on National Security – says that Pakistan want long term peace in its neighboring country, Afghanistan, PakistanTribe reported.

Sartaj Aziz says that peace in Afghanistan is the priority of Pakistan and also Pakistan is on non-interfering policy in Afghanistan.

He was talking to media personnel here in Islamabad in a conference about Pak-Afghan relations subjected to increase bilateral trade relations.

Aziz said that Pakistan is also considering to open more trade points at Chaman and Torkham areas on the border with Afghanistan, Common Security measure at borders are also under consideration.

While talking about Turkmenistan- Afghanistan- Pakistan- India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, he said it will prove a game changer project in the region. The project is estimated to be around $7.6 billion according to a preliminary feasibility study.

Additionally, he said that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is also interested in constructing friendly relations with Pakistan. Mr. Ghani is also looking forward to build a coalition government with Taliban in Afghanistan.

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to share their intelligence information regarding terrorism, following the 16 December event of Army Public School, Peshawar massacre in Pakistan.

Mr. Aziz on the behalf of Prime Minister Pakistan emphasized on building cordial relations with Afghanistan. Cooperation in trade and economic zone with Afghanistan has already started.

During the conference Sartaj Aziz admits that Pakistan is also interested to negotiate with only those groups of Taliban who will promise end up their brutal activates. “There are few groups of Taliban who want peace and few wishe to continue with the same ideology with which they started the war,” the adviser said.

He also laid stress on the issue of foreign involvement in Afghanistan and called it a big hurdle in establishing peace in the country.

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