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Pak MPs, politicians likely to visit Afghanistan

Pak MPs, politicians likely to visit Afghanistan
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Islamabad [Pakistan]: Several Pakistani politicians and parliamentarians are planning a visit to Afghanistan in a bid to reduce tensions between the two neighbours.

According to a source, Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal has agreed to a proposal under which Pakistani politicians, MPs and media persons will visit Kabul for detailed discussions with President Ashraf Ghani and other senior leaders, reports the Express Tribune.

Though the date has not been yet decided, a leader who is part of the delegation said “It could take place this month but all depends on the messages from Kabul.”

Meanwhile, senior Afghan High Peace Council member Haji Din Mohammad recently visited Islamabad and met Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Sherpao as part of efforts to improve relations between Islamabad and Kabul.

“Although Haji Din was on a private visit to Pakistan, Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and another senior official mandated him to meet Sherpao to explore ways to remove mistrust,” the sources privy to the development said.

The members of the Pak-Afghan parliamentary group have also asked National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq to invite his Afghan counterpart to Pakistan. (ANI)