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Hekmatyar: People of Afghanistan Consider Pakistan as Their Second Home

KARACHI – Former prime minister and Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has said that the people of Afghanistan consider Pakistan as their second home.
He said this during a meeting with Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at Pakistan Foreign Office on Monday. Hekmatyar is on a three-day visit as part of efforts to push the Afghan peace process forward.
The former Afghan PM is accompanied by a delegation and is scheduled to meet Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and other dignitaries. He will also deliver a talk at a policy think-tank and interact with the media.
During the meeting, both dignitaries discussed matters of mutual interest, bilateral relations between the two countries and the Afghan peace process.
On the occasion, FM Qureshi said that Pakistan will continue to play the role of a facilitator in the Afghan peace process. He said peace and stability in the region is linked to long-lasting peace in Afghanistan.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has said lasting peace can only be achieved through a political settlement accepted by the people of Afghanistan,” he added.
The foreign minister maintained that Pakistan’s stance and efforts in Intra-Afghan talks are now being recognized by the world. “Intra-Afghan talks provide a unique opportunity to the leadership for establishing lasting peace in the country,” Shah Mahmood said.
Hekmatyar’s recent visit will provide an opportunity for exchange of views on the Afghan peace process and strengthening of Afghanistan-Pakistan bilateral relations as well as people-to-people interaction.
(Sahar News)

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