Nawaz, Karzai call for peaceful resolution of Torkham border issue

Published: June 17, 2016
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Hamid Karzai visits PM Nawaz in London to inquire about his health. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Hamid Karzai visits PM Nawaz in London to inquire about his health. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday underscored the need for a peaceful solution to issues between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Karzai visited PM Nawaz at his residence in London to inquire about his health following his open heart surgery, a statement posted on the former Afghan president’s official Facebook. The Afghan leader was in London to attend a conference.

Pakistan plays down Torkham skirmishes

“Both sides expressed hope for current difficulties to be resolved immediately,” the statement said in a veiled reference to the ongoing tensions along Torkham border.

PM Nawaz and the former Afghan president also stressed the need to strengthen as well as expand relations between the two countries.

Afghan border guards started ‘unprovoked firing’ at roughly 9:00pm on Sunday to disrupt the construction of a gate on the Pakistani side of the border. Cross fire along the border caused casualties on both sides.

In his previous statement regarding the ongoing issue, Karzai expressed “serious concern over the clashes at Torkham and hoped that both sides would resolve the matter through diplomatic channels.”

Pakistan Army major injured in Torkham firing succumbs to wounds

“Pakistan and Afghanistan are neighbouring countries which have many religious and cultural commonalities and fighting would cause human and financial losses to both countries,” he said.

Karzai further urged Afghans to “stand behind the country’s national forces to defend the country.”

Although Pakistan and Afghanistan mutually agreed to observe a ceasefire on Monday, tensions still persist as the flag meeting on Thursday could not solve the issue. Both sides are now calling for diplomatic solutions to the problem.

Further, Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz told the National Assembly on Thursday that he has invited National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hanif Atmar to visit Pakistan along with Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, in order to discuss ongoing tensions between the two countries and to remove any gaps in communication or understanding.

Aziz had also welcomed the ceasefire and hoped that both sides move forward for early normalisation and resumption of normal traffic, while the construction works on Pakistani side continue simultaneously.

Afghanistan accepts Pakistan’s offer to hold talks on Torkham border issue

According to spokesperson for Afghan National Security Council Tawab Ghorzang, the Afghan government on Friday decided that a delegation led by Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister will travel to Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Kickass
    Jun 17, 2016 - 2:57PM

    He has relations with most enemies!Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    Jun 17, 2016 - 3:06PM

    Wow

    Mr. Nawaz does act like a true “neutral” person

    when it comes to speak for Pakistan.

    This country favors those who never

    favor this country.Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Jun 17, 2016 - 3:08PM

    PM’s soft corner. Shaking hands with Indian agent, receiving Indian good wishes.Recommend

  • Babur
    Jun 17, 2016 - 5:15PM

    PM looking good. I wish him speedy recovery and hope he returns soon.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Jun 17, 2016 - 5:55PM

    I think it’s time we stop talking and start building. There’s no need to build ‘trust’ with Afghans, it is never gonna happen. So let them go their way and let us go our way.Recommend

  • eddied
    Jun 17, 2016 - 8:43PM

    It is amazing to read the comments and see how so many people have hate for their neighboring countries?Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jun 17, 2016 - 10:14PM

    It was cultivated by Karzai what we are harvesting today. A peaceful neighborhood is as necessary for Afghanistan as for others. Karzai should not complicate things from behind the scene and better advise his protege, Ghani, and Abdullah to work for good relations with Pakistan. Recommend

  • NDA
    Jun 17, 2016 - 10:22PM

    One thing is becoming clear. Afganistan is getting increasingly into Indian trap . The Northern Alliance is pushing it to marginalize Pushtun majority while the latter is feeling helpless.

    Pushtuns must realise where lies the problem. India and Norther Alliance are taking Afghanistan to the point of no retuen in relations with Pakistan. Recommend

  • Azi
    Jun 18, 2016 - 1:06AM

    And still Pakistan is refuse to learn that their PM is a sellout. Pakistan’s decline is people’s fault not their leader’s.Recommend

  • Kala_bachA
    Jun 18, 2016 - 4:27AM

    I didn’t know that there is raiwind in London too. Panama leaks also speaks! Recommend

  • Amazing
    Jun 18, 2016 - 7:39AM

    Amazing how this man changes colors so frequently from being anti-Pakistan to being magnanimous to calling Afghans to stand behind their arm forces to defend their country.
    Out of power, he might be seeking the pleasure of the Pakistan PM for protecting his properties in Pakistan, especially in Islamabad. Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Jun 20, 2016 - 2:23PM

    @eddied:
    What is your nationality by the way?Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Jun 20, 2016 - 2:26PM

    @NDA:
    Thanks to our overfriendly Prime Minister who keeps business before national interest.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Jun 20, 2016 - 2:29PM

    @Amazing:
    US is paying for his air ticket and stay in London.Recommend

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