Pakistan welcomes Afghanistan's unity deal

Published: September 21, 2014
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Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: PID

Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan welcomed on Sunday the ‘unity government’ deal signed by rival Afghan presidential candidates Ahsraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.

“The government and the people of Pakistan have welcomed the agreement signed by the two Presidential candidates in Afghanistan regarding the establishment of a government of national unity,” said a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Emphasing Pakistan’s consistent support for a peaceful democratic transition, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said, “Pakistan regards the signing of this agreement as a positive development.”

“This outcome has been possible due to the wise and sagacious leadership of Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah,’ she added.

“We congratulate the two leaders and the brotherly people of Afghanistan and reaffirm Pakistan’s support for all their efforts to build a peaceful, stable and unified Afghanistan,” the statement further read.

Earlier today, the two rivals signed a power-sharing deal to end months of controversy over election results. Under the deal, a national unity government will be formed in the country.

Ghani will take over as President of Afghanistan while Abdullah will nominate ‘chief executive’, thereby ending a prolonged stand-off over disputed election results at a pivotal moment in the war-weary nation’s history.

President Hamid Karzai who was present on the occasion hoped that the deal would pave the way for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Sep 21, 2014 - 5:09PM

    ECL Exit Control List must be ready for political Bandits of PPP & Nawaz Leagues, Ir Pakistan’s faithful Compatriots Pakistanis are calling for HELP please be ready No Bandit Must Get Out Of Ir Pakistan’s Territory, with respect your servant, thanks

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  • khaadi hater Electrical Engineer'r
    Sep 21, 2014 - 5:40PM

    Sarah khaadi ke suit to ye phuphoo le jaati…. Ghareeb aadmi kya pehnay… :/

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  • Sep 21, 2014 - 7:20PM

    when we will have unity deal ?? we are lacking coordination in every department…

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 21, 2014 - 11:45PM

    In this deal foundation laid to break Afghanistan-like always smart move before withdrawal by USA. ABDULLAH is no character who will sit comfortably because he is a spoil kid of USA and India.

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