By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with a number of Afghan refugees, university students, women and Afghan traders in Islamabad on Friday and heard their demands and suggestions, the Presidential Palace said in a statement. According to the statement, at the outset, representing others, a number of participants while welcoming the president and his accompanying delegation shared their demands and suggestions in the fields of higher education, refugees’ repatriation, passport issuance, trade, peace, higher education visa to university students and many other relevant issues. Lauding the presidents’ efforts and achievements on the fields of peace, development, infrastructures and other sections, participants called war and insecurity the main problems of Afghans and obstacles for their repatriation, the statement added. They stressed that Afghans are impatiently waiting for ensuring peace in Afghanistan. Thanking the participants for sharing their problems in different arenas, the president said that we would address your problems and suggestions. The president added I have been far from the country for 24 years and can understand the refugees’ problems better, the statement continued.
He added now the situation has changed and Pakistani Prime Minister has told me that Afghan refugees are now allowed to open bank account. Bolstering relations between the two countries would help decrease the refugees’ problems, the president said. The president said that during meetings with Pakistani officials, they have accepted to allow the Afghan trucks pass Waga-Utara route to reach India and Pakistan will be connected to Central Asia through Afghanistan.
The president added that however Pakistan has frequently invited me, but I didn’t come to this country for two years, adding I have come to Pakistan as the representatives in ‘Peace Consultative Jirga’ asked me so to create trust environment between the two countries. Pointing at lasting peace, the president said that we were ready for a political solution, not because the Taliban are strong, but to end war and destruction in the country and tackle the people’s problems.