Ambassador of Afghanistan H.E Mr Shukrullah Atif Mashal made a courtesy call on Deputy Chairman Senate, Saleem Mandviwalla at Parliament House, Islamabad, on Wednesday and exchanged views over issues of mutual interest.
Ambassador of Afghanistan H.E Mr Shukrullah Atif Mashal expressed concern over deteriorating relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He recommended more people to people contact at different levels to improve ties between the two countries.
Deputy Chairman Senate, Saleem Mandviwalla while discussing cross border tensions said that he looked forward to regular parliamentary interactions between the two countries, so that governments on both sides could be pressurized to make policy changes when and where needed. He said that friendship groups on both sides must make regular visits to discuss issues to neutralize tensions between the two countries.
Ambassador of Afghanistan H.E Mr Shukrullah Atif Mashal, while discussing issuance of visas at the Torkham Border said that it is a shame that for 15000 people, there are just two desks to issue visas. Animals are treated better than the people of Afghanistan seeking visas for Pakistan. Thousands of containers are waiting to cross, destroying perishable produce that is being exported to Pakistan.
Deputy Chairman Senate, Saleem Mandviwalla assured the Ambassador of all out support to resolve these issues and ensure that brotherly relations between the two countries are restored. Senator Javed Abbasi, member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs assured the Ambassador of taking up the issue with the Ministry of Foriegn Affairs. He said that the Committee will invite the Ambassador of Afghanistan H.E Mr Shukrullah Atif Mashal as a special invitee to shed light on these issues.
The Ambassador of Afghanistan H.E Mr Shukrullah Atif Mashal thanked the Deputy Chairman Senate for his hospitality and said that he looked forward to developing stronger ties between the two countries.