Pakistan and Afghanistan seek peace with Taliban

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Yousuf Raza Gilani
Kabul, April 17: Troubled neighbours Pakistan and Afghanistan, on April 16 agreed to add top military and intelligence officials to a joint commission that will seek peace with the Taliban in a bid to improve ties and bring prosperity in the region.

The announcement was made during the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's visit to Afghanistan. At a news conference after the meeting, Hamid Karzai, the Prseident of Afghanistan said, "Today's visit, I believe has been one of the most historical and unprecedented meetings, because all the stakeholders were with us...We today have clarity, which never existed earlier."

Welcoming the involvement of the USA in the tri-partite arrrangement to bring peace to the region, he said, "We welcome the participation of the US in this tripartite arrangement... We have recently seen more interest by the US in the peace process."

Speaking about the plans to deal with Taliban and the need for joint intitiative to tackle the menace, Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said, "We both are suffering, we are brothers, we are
neighbours, we should fight a common enemy. Therefore we should have a greater cooperation between both countries. There should be no blame game, because we want to stop terrorism."

Hamid Karzai also informed that the talks with the Taliban, will be done with the framework of the joint commission formed by both the nations.

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