Afghanistan’s stability significant for Pakistan: Gilani

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday said Pakistan gives great significance to Afghanistan’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity and remains committed for its reconstruction.

“We wish stability, peace and prosperity in Afghanistan,” the Prime Minister said in a luncheon meeting hosted for Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his delegation at the Prime Minister House.

Prime Minister Gilani recalled President Karzai’s visit to Islamabad in March this year, which he said marked a distinct step forward in the two countries bilateral relations.

He said the two countries enjoy special bonds of friendship and brotherhood.

“Many affinities bind us together. Our two countries also share many common challenges, common aspirations and a common future. In other words, our destinies are interlinked,” he said.

We are meeting at a time when floods of an unprecedented scale have devastated Pakistan, he said and called for the need for constant engagement of international community to face the challenge of flood in Pakistan that affected the lives and properties of 20 million people.

Gilani said the challenges posed by the floods were not yet over, adding that reconstruction and rehabilitation would be a huge task.

He said Pakistanis were deeply touched by the generous assistance extended to them by Afghanistan including one million dollars, four helicopters for relief operations, four tons of medicines and a medical team.

The Prime Minister said both Pakistan and Afghanistan have suffered immensely from terrorism and extremism.

“We are resolutely determined to eradicate this menace from our region,” he said.

He said Pakistan fully supports President Karzai’s efforts to promote stability, peace and national reconciliation. He mentioned the successful holding of Afghan Peace Jirga and the Kabul Conference that were a testimony to his sincere efforts and important to usher in a new era.

Gilani said despite resource constraints, Pakistan had contributed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and remained committed to help the Afghan brethren all the way.