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Pakistan PM says visit to Kabul a milestone for regional peace

Leaders agreed that there could be no military solution to the Afghan issue, Abbasi says

Kharan: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday said his recent visit to Afghanistan would prove to be a milestone for the bilateral ties and regional peace as it had helped overcome the trust deficit to a great extent.

“The discussion was held in a cordial atmosphere and we hope that this visit will prove to be a milestone for Pakistan-Afghan relations and peace in the region,” he said talking to journalists here after inaugurating Khuzdar-Shahdadkot road and launching work on Kharan-Yakmach road.

He said now the leadership from both the sides would have to prove their sincerity for the prosperity of the region as well as the people with their actions.

He said during his meetings with the Afghan leadership including President Ashraf Gani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan chief Gulbadin Hekmatyar and others, it was agreed that there could be no military solution to the Afghan issue.

He said it was also agreed that peace and stability in Afghanistan was essential for Pakistan and the people of Afghanistan for what both the countries should jointly work.

He said the Afghan stakeholders must find out a solution to the issue by joining heads and Pakistan would extend its support to restore peace in the country.

He said it had also been decided to continue working on connectivity projects like roads, rail and power transmission, besides discussing water issues. Work on the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline) project was already underway, he added.

The prime minister said bothsides had agreed to jointly work on the projects for the prosperity of people in the region and to help Central Asian states use the Gwadar Port while passing through Afghanistan.

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