Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday,assured that Pakistan has always played a ‘supportive’ role for bringing peace in Afghanistan. “Islamabad and Kabul have joint future and there will be no development if there is no peace in Afghanistan,” he stated while addressing in a ceremony, to honour Afghan students, studying in Pakistan. This comes while US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad’s visits Islamabad.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that over 50, 000 Afghan students have studied in Pakistani institutions and now they are serving in their own country and contributing in the capacity building of Afghanistan.
He said over 6,000 Afghan students are currently studying in various institutions of Pakistan.
Qureshi said that both the are linked in a historic, cultural, and religious bond ,”We expect cooperation and better understanding from Afghanistan to root out menace of terrorism,” he added.
“China is also playing a proactive role for peace, stability, and development of Afghanistan,” he continued.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, had arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Earlier on November 27, Pakistan’s Minister for Planning and Development, Makdhoom Khusro Bakhtiar, had said that Pakistan is committed to make meaningful contribution in the reconstruction and rehabilitation effort of Afghanistan by carrying out various development activities in the country.