Pakistan always supportive of Afghan peace initiative: Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Pakistan has always been supportive of any initiative to achieve peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Qureshi was addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on Wednesday to give away gifts to Afghan students residing in Afghan refugee camps inside Pakistan.
The Minister said Islamabad and Kabul have joint future and there will be no development if there is no peace in Afghanistan.
The Minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan are linked in historic, cultural, and religious ties. He said both countries have huge potential of bilateral trade and there is a need to enhance economic cooperation for development of the two sides.
Referring to war against terrorism, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan has cleansed its part of territories of terrorists through effect operations. He said we are also undertaking measures for better border management to check terrorism. He said we expect cooperation and better understanding from Afghanistan in this regard.
The Minister said China is also playing a proactive role for peace, stability, and development of Afghanistan.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said over 50, 000 Afghan students have studied in Pakistani instituions and now they are serving in their own country and contributing in capacity building of Afghanistan. He said over 6,000 Afghan students are currently studying in various institutions of Pakistan.
He said Afghan children are as important as Pakistani students are. He said Afghan children will be the ambassador of Pakistan when they will return to their homeland.


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