Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to form high level commission

Kabul: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Saturday agreed to form joint  reconciliation commission  aimed at finding out solution to the issues facing the countries.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani during his day-long visit to Afghanistan met Afghan President Hamid Karzai  at presidential palace where they discussed a range of issues including bilateral relations and regional situation with specific reference to the situation after the drawdown of foreign troops.

The reconciliation commission would be consist of foreign and defence ministers of both the countries besides Army chiefs and Intelligence Chief would also be part of the commission, The commission would be headed by the heads of foreign affairs of the countries. The commission would produce it’s report to Afghan President and the Pakistani prime minister.

Sources said that leaders of both countries have decided not to accept any dictation in their internal matters.

Later, addressing a joint press conference with Hamid Karzai, Gilani said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were making joint efforts to bring peace in the region.He said the peace efforts enjoyed support of the US and International community.Gilani said that  both  the countries have agreed to share intelligence information to curb terrorism.He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan have same religion and culture.Gilani also invited Hamid Karzai to visit Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion Karzai thanked the Pakistani prime minister and said that he was satisfied with the meeting.

The two leaders are expected to address a joint stake-out after their exclusive and delegation-level talks.Gilani  will also meet Chairman High Peace Council Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani.

The Prime Minister’s entourage included Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Director General Inter Services Intelligence and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.

 

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