Pakistan has important stake in peace, stability in Afghanistan: PM

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 19 (APP): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan
Abbasi Saturday said that Pakistan had an important stake in
peace and stability in Afghanistan as Pakistan had suffered
the most due to conflict in that country.
In a meeting with US CENTCOM Commander General Joseph L.Votel,
who called on him here, the prime minister said
Pakistan was committed to its support for the Afghan people,
said a PM Office statement.
This has been evident over decades including through the
presence of more than five million refugees for over three
decades, the prime minister said.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif,
Minister for Defence Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan, National
Security Adviser Lt. Gen.(R) Nasser Khan Janjua and Foreign
Secretary Tehmina Janjua were present during the meeting.
The prime minister said Pakistan continued to support
Afghan government and society in many ways including
scholarships to Afghan students and infrastructural
development.
The prime minister expressed concern about the presence
of Daesh in Afghanistan which could threaten all its
neighbours.
General Votel underscored the importance that the US
attached to Pakistan and Pakistan’s importance for achieving
the objective of peace and security in Afghanistan.
He greatly appreciated the efforts being undertaken by
Pakistan in fighting terrorism.
The prime minister also referred to the unacceptable
situation of human rights in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir
where a very large Indian military presence was used for the
oppression of the innocent Kashmiri people, who only sought
the realization of their right to self-determination.
Prime Minister Abbasi agreed with General Votel on the
importance of working closely to address issues of regional
concerns.
He also underscored that the South Asian review
undertaken by the US would take into account Pakistan’s
efforts in fighting terrorism and its commitment to peace and
security in Afghanistan.