Non-state actors not to be allowed to undermine Pakistan’s efforts to boost trade ties: Asad

The members of Executive committee of Pak- Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group shared a number of concerns and recommendations for improvement of trade and boosting people to people contacts

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Islamabad: (VOM) Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has emphasized promoting trade and connectivity with neighboring countries without compromising on national security. He expressed these views while chairing the 12th meeting of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser says non-state actors will not be allowed to undermine Pakistan’s efforts to boost trade and ties in the region.  The Speaker called for boosting trade ties and linkages with neighboring countries without compromising national security.

The Executive Committee was briefed by Mr. Moeed Yusuf, National Security Adviser regarding the progress made to resolve trade-related issues with Afghanistan under Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Cell.

The National Security Adviser said that in less than six months, more than 200 trade issues have been resolved and the two sides are cooperating fully to resolve all trade issues amicably. Apart from proposing barter trade with Afghanistan, visa facilitation and creating a conducive environment for investment, other issues related to trade and connectivity were also discussed. Proposal of barter trade with Afghanistan, visa facilitation and creation of investment-friendly environment was discussed beside other trade and connectivity related matters.

The members of the Executive committee of Pak- Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group shared a number of concerns and recommendations for improvement of trade and boosting people-to-people contacts. The Speaker and other Committee Members lauded the efforts and stressed that both the Executive Committee of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group and Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell (AICC) should work in liaison to increase trade with neighboring countries, particularly Afghanistan.

The meeting was attended by Members of the Executive Committee of the Pak-Afghan Friendship Group and institutional stakeholders from all relevant ministries. Likewise, Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf would win a clear majority in the next general elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Talking to a private TV channel, he said the government is not scared of any opposition moves and opposition will fail if they bring a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister. He said that the prime minister would be emerged as stronger and more powerful after the opposition’s unsuccessful move. Responding to another question, he said India is behind the recent incidents of terrorism in the country. He said Pakistan is an important country of South Asia as no development could be made by ignoring or overlooking it. Earlier to this, Pakistan’s interior minister said that Islamabad will not close the doors to dialogue with militants, a day after troops concluded a four-day long operation against separatists in southwestern Balochistan province. The Minister said that the Afghan government has assured Pakistan that their soil would not be used against any other country as Pakistan and Afghanistan both are enjoying good relations.

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