NWFP governor wants stronger Pak-Afghan ties
PESHAWAR: NWFP Governor Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah said on Thursday Pakistan and Afghanistan had a common religious and cultural background and it was now time to ensure a prosperous future for the people of both countries.
Talking to a nine-member group of Afghan diplomats receiving training at the Foreign Service Academy Islamabad, Mr Shah said Afghanistan needed peace for its reconstruction and development.
The governor said Pakistan and Afghanistan could cooperate in every field. Mr Shah mentioned the recently held Afghan Trade Fair in Peshawar in which 250 Afghan trade houses took part.
The governor said both countries would have to focus on strengthening economic cooperation. The trainee diplomats said both countries should concentrate on reviving old bonds and links. They said they would never forget the warm hospitality extended to refugees.
Javed Hussain, director general of Foreign Services Academ and Wahidullah Amin, representative of Afghan diplomats, thanked the governor for providing them an opportunity to meet him.