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Time for Pakistan to change Afghan policy

By: Lailuma Noori

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on sideline of 14th Islamic Summit in Mecca of Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan Presidential Office in a statement said that President Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed bilateral ties and Afghanistan peace process.
The leader exchanged views on Afghanistan peace and reconciliation process, the statement said, adding: “Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.”
He also underlined Pakistan’s firm support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process for political solution in the war-torn country.
It is also said that President Ghani expressed the Afghan government’s concerns regarding the closure of Pakistani air space for Afghanistan’s flights reaching to India. The Pakistani Prime Minister promised to address the issue, the statement added.
The statement added that Ghani and Khan will further discuss security and economic issues in the forthcoming visit of the Afghan president to Islamabad. 
The Presidential Palace in a statement said that Ghani and Khan also discussed issues around regional connectivity as well as trade and transit. 
Regional countries have perceived that continued war in Afghanistan will be harmful for both the region and world as there is no military solution for disputes in Afghanistan.
As a neighboring of Afghanistan, Pakistan should act upon on its commitments to Afghanistan and take honestly and practical steps towards maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan. There is a vision if Pakistan chases its joint cooperation with Afghanistan in counter terrorism with further transparency and honestly, most of key challenges of the two countries will be addressed and pave the way for mutual cooperation based on diplomatic processes.
Political experts believe that it’s time Islamabad should review its strategy and policy in connection with supporting terrorist groups in its soil. Pakistan should know it will be further isolated in case that the country continue its double game with Afghanistan; therefore, a good opportunity have been paved for Pakistan to help Afghanistan in maintaining peace and stability.
Reaching lasting peace and stability is in the benefit of both countries. Lasting stability in the region help both Afghanistan and Pakistan reach economic development and tranquility.
In the meantime, we admit that reaching peace and stability in Afghanistan also depends on continued efforts of the international community and regional countries. Regional countries should play effective role and provide cooperation to Afghanistan in maintaining security in the country.
Naturally, execution all these stages is not possible without Pakistan and other regional countries as keeping political and economic relations with Central Asian countries, Pakistan and India is also significant.
Afghans, who are the real victims of continued war in the country, want lasting peace and stability as hundreds thousands of people have been killed and injured due to the 41 years of war in the country.

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