“Pakistan’s economic growth links to regional cooperation,” President Ghani

KABUL: Addressing youth, civil society and social activists from Paktia province here at the Presidential Palace on Monday evening, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Pakistan will not be able to gain access to Central Asian countries without regional cooperation, a presidential statement said.
Afghanistan could reach India even without cooperation from Pakistan, but Pakistan could not find its way to Central Asia without using Afghanistan’s territory, the president told a delegation of youth from Paktia.
“We want Pakistan to stop its undeclared war against Afghanistan and acknowledge Afghanistan’s sovereignty. A stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the region at large,” the president remarked.
In the absence of regional cooperation, the economic growth of Pakistan was not possible, he reiterated, asking the neighbor to cooperate sincerely with efforts made to stabilize Afghanistan.
“We understand the value and price of peace. There is a need for national consensus in this regard. All public concerns have to be answered,” he stressed.
President Ghani claimed the international community, regional countries, the Muslim Ummah and the nation had reached consensus on peace in the country.
There was no need for permission from anyone for peace, a basic demand of the people, he maintained. Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Samiullah Paiwand and Syed Rahman Niyazi hailed the government’s active diplomacy on foreign relations, water management, eradication of corruption, the fight against powerful individuals and enforcing the rule of law.
They paid tribute to the president for his hard work for the development and success of the country.
They also demanded acceleration of construction of roads, health facilities, pine nut-processing factories and youth employment.
The president assured the visiting delegation of fast-track development projects and provision of basic health facilities for the people, the statement concluded. During the meeting high state medal of Mir Masjidi Khan was also conferred on President’s special secretary Abdul Rahim Zirak for his devotion during works.
The Kabul Times

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