PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Only terrorists benefit from mistrust and tension between Kabul and Islamabad, says a veteran Pakistani Pakhtun nationalist leader.
Awami National Party (ANP) president Asfandyar Wali Khan said on Saturday: “The people of the region have suffered a lot due to the so-called great and not-so-great games.”
Pakhtuns on both sides of the Durand Line had been suffering due to tensions between the two countries, he said in a statement, urging immediate de-escalation of the situation.
Asfandyar asked Pakistan and Afghan governments to resolve their differences though peaceful negotiations. Innocent Pakhtuns were victims of border clashes, he regretted.
He commended as valiant efforts by Asghar Khan Achakzai for arranging a ceasefire in Spin Boldak between the armed forces of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“We welcome the positive atmosphere created by the most recent Kabul visit of Pakistani parliamentarians and hope both governments will build on this and would not allow spoilers to vitiate the atmosphere,” he added.
It was time to jettison the politics of the Cold War era and open a new chapter of peaceful bilateral relations, he remarked. “Both Pakistanis and Afghans yearn for peace and expect their leaders to respect their aspirations.”