Zardari, Abdullah for joint efforts against terrorism

Published: May 7, 2015
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PHOTO: Dr Abdullah Abdullah's Facebook page

PHOTO: Dr Abdullah Abdullah's Facebook page

ISLAMABAD: Former president and Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah called for Pakistan and Afghanistan to mount joint efforts against terrorism which was termed a serious threat to both countries.

The PPP delegation led by former president, had arrived in Kabul on Thursday to discuss joint efforts to strengthen anti-terror cooperation and to boost people-to-people contacts. During the visit, Zardari met with the Afghan chief executive at his office for lunch before meeting former Afghan president Hamid Karzai for tweet.

They discussed issues related to bilateral relations, regional situation and the need for enhanced economic cooperation came under discussion, read a statement issued by Abdullah’s office.

PHOTO: Dr Abdullah Abdullah’s Facebook page

“The current environment requires new decisions. Pakistan, Afghanistan and the whole region face serious threats and these threats need new cooperation,” the statement quoting Abdullah said, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune.

The two leaders also agreed that the time has come for both countries to “sincerely and jointly” fight the menace of terrorism.

Zardari hailed the formation of the unity government in Kabul, and encouraged the support Pakistan could provide at multiple levels for the advance of peace in the region.

Terming terrorism as the common enemy of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Zaradri called for effective cooperation between the two neighbours.

Read: Afghan president ‘cautiously optimistic’ over Pakistan

Earlier, upon his arrival Zardari was received by Pakistani ambassador in Kabul Abrar Hussain and other diplomats along with senior Afghan officials. Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and PPP leader Sherry Rehman are also accompanying the former president.

Zardari had been invited to visit Afghanistan by President Ashraf Ghani when he visited Islamabad last year.

According to an Afghan official, “The Afghan side is likely to bring the PPP leaders’ attention towards the plight of the Afghan refugees.”

Foreign Office welcomes the visit

Welcoming the visit of the opposition leaders to Kabul, the newly appointed Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah described the visit as a “good omen,” adding that the government encourages political contacts between the two countries since they promote bilateral ties.

This is not the first of this kind by Pakistani leader. Earlier in January Afghan President hosted top Pakistani Pashtun leaders, including Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Qaumi Watan Party’s head Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and ANP leader Afrasiab Khattak.

The Afghan leadership has also invited several other Pakistani politicians including JUI-F chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman and head of Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq. According to party officials, both leaders have accepted the invitation.

Zardari meets with Ashraf Ghani

Later in the evening, Zardari and the PPP delegation were hosted by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Dilkusha Palace.

They discussed where matters of mutual bilateral interest in an atmosphere of goodwill and cordiality.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Khan UK
    May 7, 2015 - 11:14AM

    I don’t like this scenario.
    The man and his accomplice galaani were chief architects of memogate scandal.
    This time they want to undo the good work done by COAS Gen Raheel sharif.
    They probably want to facilitate the Afghans and other foreign intelligence agencies by giving them state secrets and stir problems for the army.
    He should not be allowed to go there. Recommend

  • waqas
    May 7, 2015 - 11:18AM

    someone put their names in ECL pleaseeeeeeeeee!!!! (Entry Control List)Recommend

  • Asim Ali
    May 7, 2015 - 11:19AM

    Why is this even a news item? The only news the nation awaits is when he gets convicted for the billions stolen from the public exchequer. Else this man is not news worthyRecommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    May 7, 2015 - 11:21AM

    But he was suffering from food poisoning so severe that he couldn’t attend

    a court within the country !!??Recommend

  • Miss Salma Mobeen
    May 7, 2015 - 12:02PM

    @Khan UK:
    Looks like the desperado is making his getaway from the accountability hearing adjourned for May 13. The illustrious Mr Zardari appears to have made a quick recovery from his ‘food poisoning’ !Recommend

  • Baig
    May 7, 2015 - 12:25PM

    Yesterday this guy couldn’t appear in the court due to health issues and now he is leaving for Afghanistan. Such is the hypocrisy and respect for the courts.Recommend

  • oBSERVER
    May 7, 2015 - 2:16PM

    This man and his woman accompanying should be thoroughly debriefed on return and should be kept under strict surveillance.Recommend

  • Confused
    May 7, 2015 - 2:50PM

    Who has given him the mandate to address foreign policy issues.Recommend

  • Concerned Citizen
    May 7, 2015 - 4:38PM

    Under what official capacity is he convening foreign meetings regarding Pakistan’s foreign policy?Recommend

  • reader
    May 8, 2015 - 12:00AM

    He also met with senior figures of Afghan intelligence, NDS, RAW, and US DoD personnel, to seek protection from ongoing accountability being done on him by Pakistan security services.Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    May 8, 2015 - 12:30AM

    Zardari is probably negotiating a safe exit through Kabul in case he is put on ECL.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 8, 2015 - 1:42AM

    what is this crook doing in AfghanistanRecommend

  • Pukar
    May 8, 2015 - 1:50AM

    What is Zardari doing in Kabul and under what capacity??Recommend

  • jock
    May 8, 2015 - 2:06AM

    Expect hearing soon: The richest man of Afghanistan is a Pakistani!Recommend

  • Anarchist
    May 8, 2015 - 2:34AM

    Cant control security situation in Karachi and discussing security in Afghanistan. Ironical.Recommend

  • Hate
    May 8, 2015 - 3:01AM

    Why so much poison against a national leader of major political party, ex President & prominent personality? He is accused, convicted & punished without trial. Recommend

  • xyz
    May 8, 2015 - 4:15AM

    2 evils sitting together. Maybe a good time to send a drone?Recommend

  • Nikki
    May 8, 2015 - 8:07AM

    @waqas:

    Exit Control List

    Zardari is not reliable MANRecommend

  • miristan
    May 8, 2015 - 8:21AM

    He should be charged in the court for interference in Pakistan’s foreign policy. May be Nawaz has appointed him as foreign minster? Because we do not have one. Blay Blay what is being hidden from the people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • huma
    May 8, 2015 - 10:11AM

    Have people forgotten that Taliban rose during Benazir rule?Recommend

  • Adam
    May 9, 2015 - 4:40PM

    @Anarchist:
    Your very Indian-sounding comment (and the subsequent recs) vindicate the worthiness of the visit. Recommend

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