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Meetings with Afghan leadership remained productive: NA Speaker

ISLAMABAD: Returning from Afghanistan after two-day official visit, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said that meetings with Afghan leadership remained productive, ARY News reported.

The speaker led a 15-member parliamentary delegations to Kabul on Saturday. Apprising the media of meetings held with the Afghan leadership, he said that Afghanistan has expressed desire in restoring friendly relations with Pakistan.

“There were concerns by both sides. We have conveyed our concerns to them and they shared their reservations during the meetings,”he said. The meeting discussed resumption of dialogue and addressed the common issues between the two sides.

Citing the dialogues as a new ray of hope, the speaker said entire Afghan leadership and the public expressed desire to enhance bilateral relations with Pakistan.

He further said that no information relating to terrorists was exchanged between two countries during the meetings, which implies that the meetings discussed the political rift between the two countries.

“Meeting with Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah remained long beside the meeting with President Ashraf Ghani”, he added.

He confirmed that Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) will visit to Afghanistan in next two days, while both Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah may visit Pakistan soon.

Responding to a question on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Sadiq said that Iran has also expressed desire to become part of the mega project. He said that appointment of General (retd) Raheel Sharif as chief commander of 39-nation military alliance in Saudi Arabia should not be related to religion and sect.

The 15-member parliamentary delegation including Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Akram Khan Durrani, Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bezinjo, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Awais Ahmed Leghari, Naveed Qamar, Shafqat Mehmood, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Aftab Sherpao, Sahibzada Tariqullah and G.G. Jamal.




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