ISLAMABAD: Stressing the need to bring lasting peace to Afghanistan in order to achieve regional stability, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called for the foiling of Indian propaganda by providing evidence to the international community and revealing its sinister plans.
“The conflict in Afghanistan has no military solution; it should be resolved through negotiated political settlement,” the Prime Minister said during a meeting with Nisar Ahmed Faizi Ghoryani, Minister of Industry and Trade of Afghanistan, who called on him at the House of Prime Ministers.
Mr Khan emphasised the need for measures to be taken by both sides in Afghanistan to mitigate aggression, culminating in a truce.
Highlighting the strong fraternal relations between the two nations, the Prime Minister affirmed the constant support of Pakistan for Afghanistan’s peace and stability.
“Through strengthening regional connectivity and providing new opportunities for economic cooperation, peace in Afghanistan would be beneficial for the entire region,” he said.
Calls for Indian misinformation to be countered and exposed; takes action against hoarders, adulterators
The Prime Minister, speaking about bilateral trade between the two countries, said that Pakistan and Afghanistan had untapped economic synergies and complementarities that could best be accomplished by economic and trade cooperation.
He referred to the Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar trans-Afghan railway project and affirmed Pakistan’s support for efforts by Uzbekistan to gain project funds.
The Minister of Commerce of Afghanistan expressed President Ashraf Ghani’s greetings and highlighted the progress gained on transit and bilateral trade issues.
He said the Afghan president praised Pakistan’s constructive position in fostering the Afghan peace process and affirmed the willingness of his country to strengthen its neighbour’s trade and economic relations.
The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister for Trade and Investment Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood.
The Afghan delegation is visiting Pakistan for a five-day visit (Dec 27 to 31) for the 8th meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA).
Prime Minister Khan said in a separate meeting that the unfounded and concocted Indian movement should be countered with truth and that India’s true face should be revealed before the international community and the public.
He said that the Indian media are seeking to distract the attention of the world from the actions of New Delhi in the Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), significant violations of human rights and threats to regional stability by the adoption of the Hindu nationalist agenda and through derogatory and unfounded propaganda against Pakistan.
The prime minister chaired a meeting to review the adverse misinformation and misinformation campaign waged by the Indian media against Pakistan, including cyber warfare, PM Office media arm said in a press release.
The prime minister observed during the meeting that the purpose of such sinister propaganda was to establish disorder in the world.
Minister of International Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister of Information Shibli Faraz, Minister of the Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister of Communications Murad Saeed, Special Assistant to PM Dr Moeed Yousaf and Focal Person on New Media Dr Arsalan Khalid attended the conference.
The Prime Minister called for successful steps to foil the misinformation and public awareness of negative Indian media and expressed the expectation that the Pakistani media will play its role in this regard.
Action against hoarders
The Prime Minister directed stern action against those engaged in hoarding, adulteration and rising inflation on their own at another meeting held to review the prices and supply of consumer goods on the market.
“No one will be allowed to play with people’s lives and stern action should be taken against those who are engaged in adultery, hoarding and artificial price increases,” he added.
PM Khan claimed that the inflation rate has remained very low compared to last year in the current fiscal year.
“Inflation has remained 4.4 percent lower this year compared to last year and 0.9 percent lower in the current month compared to last month, due to effective government steps,” he said.
The prime minister was told of a decline in prices for wheat flour, sugar, chicken, tomatoes, and onions.
He instructed the competent authorities to keep an eye on supply and demand in order to ensure that consumer goods are available at fair prices.