Pak Afghan border management need of hour: Qayyum

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 16 (APP): Senator Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz
(PML N) Lt. Gen. (Retd) Abdul Qayyum Thursday said Pak Afghan border management was need of the hour to smoothen across the border movement of people and goods between the two countries.

Current situation at Pak Afghan border was very unfortunate as Pakistan has always endeavored for cordial bilateral ties with Afghanistan, he said talking to PTV.

He said Pakistan is sincere to improve relations with neighbouring
countries and civil and military leadership had paid a number of visits to Kabul to improve bilateral ties.

“Pakistan is hosting some three million Afghans and the Afghan
government should respect this overture of Pakistan,” he said
He said the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan should resolve
the recent firing incident politically and diplomatically.

The Senator said there are total 78 crossing points at Pak Afghan border while out of these, only 16 points are notified as Pakistan shares very long border with Afghanistan.

Both the countries have clear understanding and resolve that their soil should not be used for terrorist activities against each other, he
said adding that both the countries should respect this resolve.

Abdul Qayyum said the PML N government has initiated the move for
registration of Afghan refugees and for their return to Afghanistan.

“Matter of Afghan refugees is being raised at all fora by the government and they only could be sent back after an understanding with
the Afghan government’, he added.