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Afghan peace imperative for strengthening links with Central Asia: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary on Thursday said peace and stability in Afghanistan was important to strengthening links with the Central Asian Republics (CARs) in different fields.

He was speaking at a roundtable meeting on ‘Pakistan and Central Asia: Cementing Bonds of Friendship through Culture’ in Islamabad.

The information minister said our nation and the armed forces had shown remarkable resilience and courage in fighting the war on terror.

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He said the government was trying to present soft image in the world by promoting its cultural heritage and reviving its entertainment industry.

Speakers on the occasion said there was a great deal of goodwill in the Central Asian Republics about Pakistan.

Last week at the United Nations, Pakistan called for a diplomatic surge in Afghanistan while reminding the world body that Prime Minister Imran Khan had long urged a political settlement to end the war.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said there was a clear international consensus that durable peace could only be achieved through a political settlement.

“For close to two decades,” Ambassador Lodhi said, “Imran Khan, repeatedly declared that the war in Afghanistan can be brought to an end only through a negotiated political settlement.”

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