Ghani invites Imran to Kabul

Islamabad: In an effort to establish peace and rebuild ties, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has invited Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to Kabul.

Mr Ghani on Sunday tweeted, “I extended an open invitation to Mr. Khan and he expressed his wishes to visit Kabul soon.”

The Afghan president said that both sides had also “agreed to overcome the past and to lay a new foundation for a prosperous political, social and economic future of both countries Afghanistan and Pakistan,” a report from Dawn said on Monday.

According to PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry, Mr Khan told Mr Ghani that Pakistan wants complete peace in Afghanistan, and that the PTI government wishes to establish better relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Cricketer-turned politician, Mr Khan, in his first address to the nation, had said that his government would like to have better ties with Afghanistan. He had said at the time that peace in Pakistan is contingent to peace in Afghanistan.

Mr Khan’s party PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the July 25 General Assembly polls, bagging 115 seats.

The relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan has bittered in previous years as the former and US accuses Pakistan for ‘harbouring’ factions of the Taliban. Those include the Haqqani group, which the U.S. government has declared a terrorist organization.


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