This is with reference to the article ‘For peace in Afghanistan’ that was published in these pages on December 20. The writer has raised some pertinent points. If Pakistan maintains good relations with our neighbouring countries, it will move towards progress and prosperity. There is no doubt that we have strong relations with China. But our ties with Afghanistan have fluctuated between two extremes. At this point, we don’t enjoy strong ties with Afghanistan and this is likely to impact our scope for progress.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have a strong cultural link that keeps both countries socially connected and geographically interdependent. Since the Pak-Afghan border along Chaman and Torkham has invariably remained porous crossing points between both countries, thousands of Afghans continue to live in our country. This makes it impossible for us to ensure peace in the tribal belt without maintaining strong ties with Afghanistan.