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Pakistani President met with Afghan Minister for Counter Narcotics

Afghan Minister for Counter Narcotics Eng Zarar Ahmed Muqbel Osmani called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr today.

Gen Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, Deputy Minister Counter Narcotics, Mr. Majnoon Gulab, Charge Dí Affairs, Sayed Amanuddin Saddat, Chief of Border Police and Mr. Abdul Qayum Samer were also accompanying the Afghan Minister.

From Pak side, Senator A. Rehman Malik, Federal Minister for Interior, Mr. Arbab Muhammad Zahir, Minister for Narcotics, Mr. M. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, and other senior officials of the concerned departments were also present besides Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar.

Matters relating to Pak-Afghan relations, situation in Afghanistan, bilateral cooperation in fighting the menace of Narco trade, use of technology and biometric system at the border were discussed during the meeting.

The President during the meeting highlighted Pakistanís resolve to support every effort of Afghan Government and the international community for the peace, stability and socio-economic development of Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan was committed to support Afghanistan in restoring peace and strengthening its institutional capabilities.

He said that Pakistan wishes to see a stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan which was also in its own interest. He said that Pakistan firmly believing in the policy of non-interference in the internal matters would support all efforts by the Afghan Government to restore order in the country and find a permanent political solution. He said that we support indigenous and all inclusive process of reconciliation in Afghanistan. The Afghan Peace Jirga and Kabul Conference are important milestones in this direction, the President said.

He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan not only share cultural heritage and border but also their problems are of similar nature. Militancy and Narco-threat continued to pose threat to peace of the region and the world, he remarked. The President said that he had been urging the international community to find a permanent solution to the menace of drug trade that was major source of funding for the militants. He said that he had been advocating for a concerted and integrated approach that ranged from range from promoting alternative livelihood and agriculture development to eradication, as well as countering the supply of precursors and taking steps to reduce drugs consumption.

The President also emphasized on early installation of Biometric system at the border as well as institutionalizing security and intelligence cooperation.

The President hoped that the implementation of Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) would usher in a new era of bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

Eng Zarar Ahmed Muqbel Osmani thanked the President for meeting and the support Pakistan has been extending for the peace, stability and development of Afghanistan.

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