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“No third party” has any right to define Pak-Afghan relations: Zakhilwal

ISLAMABAD: Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal has said that Pakistan and Afghanistan should not let any third party define the nature of relations between the two countries.

“Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, Mr. Qamar Bajwa and President Ashraf Ghani hope to work together for the betterment of their respective countries,” he said in an interview.

The envoy added Kabul should be ‘cautiously optimistic’ after the meeting between two officials.

“General Bajwa is serious and sincere about improving relations with Afghanistan and Ghani is also serious about opening doors of friendship with Pakistan,” he said.

When asked if the Afghan president was looking forward to visiting Pakistan, Zakhilwal said that the Afghan head would be honouring the invitation extended by the Pak army chief at the opportune time.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.