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Peace in Afghanistan seen as vital to region’s future

Peace in Afghanistan seen as vital to region’s future

Oct 11, 2020 - 12:00

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Without peace and stability in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the region’s future will remain bleak, warns Pakistaninfo-icon’s ex-minister Shehryar Khan Afridi.

He underlined the need for stabilising Afghanistan in his keynote address to a webinar arranged by the Pak-Afghan Youth Forum (PAYF) in Islamabad on Saturday.

Students and young professionals from the two neighbouring countries met at the jirgainfo-icon-style webinar to discuss their problems and issues.

Afridi delivered his speech in Pashtoinfo-icon and English, highlighting shared history, lineage, culture and traditions of Afghan and Pakistani youth.

Afghan refugees have historically been welcomed with open arms by their Pakistani brothers and sisters, the former SAFRON minister said.

“Without a peaceful Afghanistan, the future of this region is bleak; only together can the new generation fight the political powers aim to bring disruption and chaos to both countries,” he stressed.

Ahmad Zia Momand, a youth representative from Afghan civil societyinfo-icon, said: “Even though we have inherited a war-torn nation, we now have the opportunity to turn that curse into a chance.

“The new generation can make a difference to set things right, with the help of the Pakistani society,” Momand remarked.

Farzana Hakimi, an upcoming martial arts champion and representative of the Hazara community, said Pak-Afghan relations had been hostage to politics, marred by terrorism and violence.



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