ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The National Security Adviser Lt. General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua has assured Afghanistan of Pakistan’s full support for the vision of peace; however, he highlighted that isolated, blamed and coerced Pakistan is of lesser use to the war-stricken Country.
In a meeting the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul where he paid a day-long visit on Saturday, the adviser said that the World has started to look at and undermine Pakistan through the prism of Afghanistan which is not correct.
Nasser Janjua said that we need to commit to each other and invest in bilateral relationship and Afghanistan needs to stand with Pakistan and both need to win peace together.
“Our peace is mutual, lets seek it together,” he said according to a press release issued on Sunday.
In his remarks, the Afghan president associated strong hopes with Pakistan and said “We have made a sincere and serious offer of peace and together we have to make the best of it by rising beyond past. Lets not remain prisoners of past and lets secure our future with the aim not to win the war but to end it for which Pakistan should help”.
The Afghan president also expressed strong support for regional connectivity with Central Asian Republics (CARS) to reap the benefits of ideal geo-strategic locations of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“Without each other we are not complete,” he added.
Ashraf Ghani desired for a roadmap to be prepared for a comprehensive engagement with Pakistan to carry the relationship further with a leap of faith.
While availing the opportunity, the president also handed over the letter of invitation to the national security adviser for the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and expected him to visit as soon as possible.
Today, I received Pakistani NSA at Dilkusha palace. As a follow up to #Kabul process, I have extended an official invitation to Pakistani Prime Minister to visit #Afghanistan. This is to initiate state to state comprehensive dialogue. pic.twitter.com/3LuN3tJFq3
— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) March 17, 2018
Nasser Janjua thanked the Afghan president for extending an invitation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and also acknowledged the warmth displayed for him and Pakistan and appreciated the peace offer made by the president.
The national security adviser termed the peace offer as a light on the other side of the tunnel in a war which had become rather perpetual. He said that seeking the closure of conflict instead of winning it is a righteous approach.
Nasser Janjua expressed deep sympathies with people of Afghanistan who have seen nothing but war since last 40 years. He also expressed complete support for the peace offer which was long awaited.
“Use of force only injures people, wars are however virtually won politically,” he added.
During his stay in Kabul, the adviser also had elaborate and successful meetings with the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan National Security Adviser Haneef Atmar, the Minister of Defense and the Chief of National Directorate of Security (NDS). The meetings were held in a very congenial, warm and cordial environment.
Talking to Nasser Janjua, the Afghan National Security Adviser Haneef Atmar said that “It’s time to build bridges. We have a shared history and shared future. That is what our ancestors left for us and we have to leave for our children. We should work for our shared interests in all fields including political, economic and security. We must protect our relationship and advance it further.”
Nasser Janjua’s visit to Kabul took place on a special invitation from his Afghan Counterpart Haneef Atmar.
During the meetings between Nasser Janjua and the Afghan leadership, both sides reiterated their commitment to peace and stability of each other and agreed to work in a cooperative framework for a brighter future.
By addressing each others concerns, both sides expressed their resolve to work together and enhance cooperation to improve Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relations.
They also agreed to seize this moment collectively and to improve bilateral relations in pursuit of the common objectives.