Pakistan, Afghanistan need to be cautious of malicious elements: President

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday
said Pakistan and Afghanistan should keep a close eye on negative
elements that fuel tension and spread misunderstandings with
malicious intent towards achieving ulterior motives.
He said this while addressing a ceremony for Afghan national students under HEC’s project “Award of 3000 Scholarships for Afghanistan” at Pak-China Friendships Centre in Islamabad.
The president said Pakistan had complete confidence in the wisdom of Afghan leadership and people with a belief that they would play an important role in the journey towards progress and prosperity in the region, particularly in both countries, by thwarting internal and external conspiracies.
He said Pakistan was keen to include Afghanistan in all opportunities for
progress and prosperity with an open heart and expressed confidence that Afghan leadership, people and particularly the youth would play a historic role in sync with changed circumstances.
The president said Pakistan and Afghanistan were not only
linked by geographical proximity but the two nations were bound by
mutual ties of blood, culture, history and belief.
He mentioned that the ancestors of two countries enjoyed close
and warm relations standing on this common bedrock.
The president expressed confidence that both countries would
continue to stand shoulder to shoulder for the welfare of their
people, as they did in difficult times in the past.
He noted that the region had for long confronted issues of
lawlessness, wars and extremism which affected both Pakistan and
Afghanistan due to which countless human lives had been lost and the
process of development come to a halt.
He said the courage and determination with which both nations
faced these issues was exemplary and unmatched in human history.
The president said now that subversive forces were getting
weak by the grace of Allah, better sense should prevail to resolve
regional issues with mutual understanding and brotherly zeal.
He said the purpose behind launching this
scholarship scheme for young Afghan students was to provide them
with the same educational facilities and opportunities as enjoyed by
Pakistani students.
He hoped that the students had benefitted greatly from this
opportunity and would play their part to further enhance brotherhood
and goodwill between the two countries.
The president congratulated the scholarship winning students
and hoped that they would be committed and devoted to hard work in
their practical life.
He advised the students to equip themselves with modern
learning, scientific knowledge and technological skills and take
their friends along in the process.
He hoped that as ambassadors between Pakistan and
Afghanistan, the Afghan students would play their role in further
cementing bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He underscored that Muslim countries should shun their
differences and resolve issues amicably, adding that Islamic
countries should become united, extend cooperation to each other,
exchange expertise in different fields, focus on acquiring science
and technology and collectively address the issues being confronted
by Muslim Ummah.
Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said
another 3,000 scholarships for Afghan students would
be awarded soon.
He termed the Afghan students as ambassadors of peace and love
between the Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s Minister for Higher Education Commission Farida
Mohmand, Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and two Afghan National
students Samina and Syed Abdullah Qasmi also addressed the
ceremony.