International community must come up with a clear, coherent policy on post-2014 scenario Afghanistan: Interior Minister

Islamabad, December 05, 2013 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the international community must come up with a clear and coherent policy vis a vis Afghanistan in the post 2014 scenario.

He said this while talking to the Adviser of German Chancellor on Foreign and Security Policy, Dr. Christoph Heusgen who called on him here today. Germany’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Cyrill Nunn was also present during the meeting.

The Minister said that right now the discussion being done among the various stakeholders in this regard leaves a lot to be desired. He emphasized on greater coordination between Pakistani and the international community in the interest of peace in Afghanistan.

The Minister said that Pakistan has suffered the most in the aftermath of 9/11. He said we have lost thousands of lives in the war against extremism. The focus of current government is on economic development which needs peace and stability. Pakistan is committed to having peace in the region and not letting violence being exported to any other country, he said.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is very clear on having peaceful relations with all neighboring countries. He said Pakistan is committed to pursuing a non-partisan policy in Afghanistan and emphasized that solution of the problems afflicting the country must come from within Afghanistan through a policy of negotiations.

He said the government of PML(N) is working on a National Security Policy for the country which would help us in meeting the challenge posed by terrorism and violence.

The Minister said PML(N) has always laid great emphasis on Pakistan’s relations with Germany. He recalled Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visits to Germany during his previous two tenures in office during 1990s which served to strengthen bilateral ties during Germany’s post-unification phase.

Talking about Pakistan’s business and economic ties with Germany, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that our economic relations are not commensurate with our bilateral ties and efforts must be made by both sides to strengthen them.

On the suggestion of Interior Minister, Dr. Heusgen promised to look into the possibility of having greater parliamentary exchanges between Pakistan and Germany.

The Minister asked the German government to give institutional and training support to Pakistan, particularly in fields like police training, to make our cities safer. A proposal to designate sister cities was also highlighted.

Dr. Heusgen said the outgoing government in Germany recently invited a delegation of Pakistani businessmen for strengthening economic and commercial ties between the two countries and work is underway for arranging a similar visit of German businessmen to Pakistan. He said investors would be attracted to Pakistan in an improved security situation.

He mentioned that Germany favors a policy of reconciliation in Afghanistan. In this regard bilateral relations between regional countries are of key significance. He welcomed the initiative taken by the Prime Minister of Pakistan for improving ties with India and said the new government of Germany would support greater bilateral cooperation between India and Pakistan.

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