ARMITSAR: Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani Sunday urged Pakistan to take real steps for elimination of terrorism as the sixth Heart of Asian Conference for peace and development in Afghanistan began in Amritsar today as Afghan.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is representing Pakistan in the conference.
The conference is being attended by forty Foreign Ministers and dignitaries of fourteen countries.
Addressing the Heart of Asia Conference, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace and stability in the region.
He said the entire region is facing the challenge of terrorism which needs to be overcome by joint efforts.
“We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror network that cause bloodshed and spread fear. Silence and inaction on terror in Afghanistan and the region will only embolden terrorists and masters and those fund them,” Modi said.
“We must demonstrate strong collective will to defeat terror networks that cause bloodshed and spread fear,”the Prime Minister added.
Addressing the Conference, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called for joint efforts to fight terrorism in the region.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that the undeclared war imposed on the Afghan nation intensified in 2016, specifically after the conclusion of the major Brussels summit on Afghanistan.
President Ghani urged Pakistan to take real steps in the fight against terrorism.
President Ghani warned that around 30 terrorist groups are attempting to establish permanent presence and foothold in the country as he called for a joint effort to identify the cross-border terrorism. “We need to identify cross-border terrorism and a fund to combat terrorism. Pakistan has pledged 500 million dollars for Afghanistan’s development. This amount, Mr. Aziz, can be spent to contain extremism,” Ghani said.
He also added that there is a need to organize a fund for identifying and tackling threats posed by the terror networks, insisting that such steps should be taken without a blame game.
In other parts of his speech, President Ghani pointed towards the need for the dialogue to tackle the economic criminals in the region.
He said the criminal networks open doors for major crimes in the region that will boost the regional instability.
President Ghani also spoke regarding the economic potential of Afghanistan, insisting that the country has a great potential to attract investment in energy sector which is a sign that Afghanistan will move forward.
He said Afghanistan plays key role in regional connectivity and pointed towards the inauguration of the railway between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, emphasizing that a reduction in transit costs will have a positive impact on the lives of the people. -KN
THE PASHTUN TIMES