KABUL: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday said the common threat of terrorism could be tackled through enhanced economic ties and increased trade relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.The Prime Minister was talking to the Speaker of Afghan Lower House of Parliament, Mohammad Younas Qanooni during a meeting here at the Presidential Palace.He said the improvement of economic relations could lead development as well as change in the lives of people, forming a basis to prepare a common strategy to confront the trends of extremism and militancy.
The high level contacts, the Prime Minister said, have proved very useful in developing better understanding between the two countries. The interactions, he said, have also helped to create realization that as neighbours both countries have stand united to confront the challenges.
The Afghan Speaker said it was heartening that Prime Minister Gilani has visited Kabul at such a critical time when both countries need each other more than ever. Younas Qanooni said terrorism was a threat to their societies, but he was confident that leaders of both the countries would overcome this threat.
Furthermore he said that parliamentarians of both Pakistan and Afghanistan can play positive role to bring people of both the countries more closer. He was talking to leader of the Afghan Lower House of Parliament, Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq here at the Presidential Palace.The Prime Minister said both the countries have great potential and resources to share with each other. The relationship thus established will benefit not only the two countries but the entire region, he added.
The leadership of both the countries, the Prime Minister said, need to form a comprehensive strategy to bring about peace and prosperity in the region. Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq said, the relations between the two countries were improving and there are signs of goodwill and sincerity, adding, the two countries need to benefit from this. He called for more people to people contacts and enhanced trade and economic cooperation.
However Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani arrived Sunday afternoon after paying a two day official visit to Afghanistan.During the visit, the Prime Minister held wide ranging talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and had meetings with leading Afghan politicians and businessmen.-APP