ISLAMABAD: The visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to Afghanistan will further improve relations between the two countries, which are imperative for the stability of the region, say analysts.
Talking to Radio Pakistan, Dr Sarfraz Khan of Area Study Center Peshawar said that the PM’s visit was reciprocal as Afghan President Hamid Karzai had already visited Pakistan.
Restoration of peace in the two countries is impossible without their cooperation, he added
“Pakistan has already started cooperation with Afghanistan by releasing Mulla Baradar so that the Afghan government and Taliban may initiate talks and peace can be established”, he said.
He said that a peaceful Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan.
Responding a question, Dr Sarfraz said an solution, which was Afghan-owned, was acceptable to Pakistan.
Answering another question, he said the repatriation of Afghan refugees was a voluntary process as direct involvement of a government in the process was not considered good.
Talking in the programme, former ambassador Mushtaq Ahmad Mahar said there were two objectives of the Prime Minister’s visit: first is to improve the bilateral relations and second to promote regional connectivity concept.
He said Nawaz Sharif wanted peace in Afghanistan and looked forward to Afghanistan to cope with challenges after the withdrawal of NATO.
He said the Prime Minister also wanted to formulate a new foreign policy in which economic relations with Afghanistan and Central Asia would be enhanced.
He also said Pakistan desired for unity and harmony among Afghan tribes so that a conducive atmosphere be created for election of a democratic government.