CPEC to also lift Kabul’s fortunes, says envoy

Published: January 14, 2016
Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai speaking at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad. PHOTO: INP

Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai speaking at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: The multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would not only bring prosperity to Pakistan, but also help lift millions out of poverty in war-torn Afghanistan and restore its role as a regional leader, Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai said on Wednesday.

In a public talk at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Afghanistan’s outgoing envoy said that the project would help restore Afghanistan’s status as a leader in the region instead of a country which serves as a platform for proxy wars.

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Mosazai pointed out how his country had an intertwined destiny with its eastern neighbour in a number of transit trade and energy projects which were vital for Pakistan including the TAPI gas pipeline and the CASA-1000 transnational power project.

He highlighted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s December visit to Islamabad and how there was a need to build strong linkages between the two countries. “The relationship between the two countries was not only one of shared cultures and beliefs but also of blood which indicate a strong reason for bringing both countries closer together,” he said.

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Speaking about the recent meetings on restarting the Afghan peace process, the envoy added that the war in Afghanistan had no military solution.

“After the Murree talks proved futile, another effort is now being made in the form of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group dialogue,” Mosazai said.

Mosazai claimed that majority of militants who fled operations in Pakistan’s tribal areas had joined the Afghanistan chapter of Da’ish. “About 60 to 70 per cent of militants who fled Pakistan during operations in Mohmand and Orakzai went on to join Da’ish in Afghanistan,” he said.

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Mosazai reassured that Kabul will not allow anyone to use its territory against any country.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2016.

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  • NHA
    Jan 14, 2016 - 11:36PM

    It was a pleasure to learn and hear from Afghan Envoy say that Pak CPEC is also going to ‘ lift Kabul’s fortune’. Certainly, it will. Pak- Afghan have common future as had common past.


  • Asfandyar
    Jan 15, 2016 - 6:42PM

    But the question is will our establishment and government just ignore the threat Afghanistan & “The little black men” there pose to national security? TTP has joined ISIS and taken are regrouping in Nangarhar near Khyber agency. Already carried out a cracker attack in Islamabad.
    Why as a nation we are not discussing operation against ISIS across the border, why millions of Afghans have been allowed to stay with Pakistan ID cards etc etc.
    And here we are, building roads to Afghan warlords so they can attack us with ease.Recommend

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