ASTANA, June 09 (TNS): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held an unscheduled meeting on Friday on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana.
Sources said the two leaders did not have a meeting scheduled but one was squeezed in on Ghani’s insistence. The meeting, which lasted for around an hour, about 40 minutes more than the schedule time, was held at the suite of the Afghan president in the Ramada hotel, where the premier is also residing.
The prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaz Aziz, also attended the meeting.
Sources revealed that issues related to terrorism, border fencing and regional security were discussed between Ghani and Sharif.
According to reports, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told the Afghan leader that Pakistan’s territory is not being used against any country for terrorism. He said the country has zero tolerance for terrorism. He told the Ghani that if Kabul government has any proofs, those must be shared with Pakistan regarding presence of Haqqani network inPakistan.
The Prime Minister also conveyed to Ashraf Ghani Pakistan’s concerns about presence of leadership of Pakistani Taliban inAfghanistan who launch attacks on Pakistani side of the border and demanded their return.
Nawaz Sharif said that peace in Afghanistan is important for the region and Pakistan stands ready to play its role for peace in the war torn country. He emphasised that blame game would not serve any purpose and must be stopped.
The reports further said that the two leaders expressed their desire to improve bilateral relations. The Afghan president also presented traditional Afghan gifts to the Prime Minister.