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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani lands in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday landed in Islamabad on a two-day official visit to Pakistan on Prime Minister’s Imran Khan invitation.

Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood and other officials received Ghani at Nur Khan airbase.

The visiting dignitary was also given a twenty-one gun salute.

The Afghan President is accompanied by a high-level delegation including Ministers, advisers, senior officials, and businessmen.

Ghani is scheduled to meet high-level government functionaries including President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi on the trip along with other dignitaries.

“The visiting dignitary will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan”, the FO spokesperson said.

The Afghan president is scheduled to travel to Lahore, where he will address the business community and pray at the Badshahi Mosque.

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It may be noted that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan back in 2014 to participate in the Heart of Asia Conference, held in Islamabad.

The visit becomes doubly important after the first Afghan peace conference titled ‘Lahore Process’ held on June 22 in Bhurban Murree.

More than 50 delegates, including heads of all Afghan political parties and the political advisor to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, attended the moot. Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, senators and members of Afghan parliament are also in attendance.

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