WJ speaker Rahmani discusses Afghan peace with Pakistani authorities


KABUL: Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar hopes the dream of a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan is set to be realized.

Qaisar made the remarks at a meeting with Wolesi Jirga Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani in Islamabad on Friday night. Both speakers were optimistic about the outcome of the ongoing peace negotiations in Doha.

Spearheading a 17-member parliamentary delegation, Rahmani arrived in Islamabad on Friday for talks with Pakistani leaders at the invitation from Qaisar.

The high-power team would also participate in a summit of Afghanistan and Pakistan investors, as well as discuss various bilateral issues and the Afghanistan peace process with the hosts.

 “A peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan would not only ensure regional peace, it would also be vital to the socio-economic development of both countries,” Qaisar said.

Qaisar remarked that Pakistan had constantly reiterated its stance about witnessing a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan, which was in the interest of the entire region.

He called on the Afghan government and the Taliban negotiators to seize the opportunity offered by the Doha talks for lasting peace in the country.

On his part, Rahmani expressed hope about the success of the ongoing talks as well, saying peace would usher in an era of progress and stability in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the delegation also met Prime Minister Imran Khan who said Pakistan insisted there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, pledging consistent support for peace and stability in the neighboring country.

Durable peace in Afghanistan would also benefit Pakistan, the premier said, adding there were untapped economic synergies between the two countries.

The delegation is also scheduled to meet foreign and interior ministers, leaders of both houses of parliament and the national security advisor.