ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): A visiting delegation of Afghan journalists on Tuesday urged the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs to increase education scholarships for Afghan students and not merge trade with politics.
The Afghan journalists, who met with Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in Islamabad, raised issues Afghan traders faced in Pakistan.
The Afghan journalists have been visiting Pakistan at the invitation of the government of Pakistan since August 20.
Wahidullah Ghazikhel, a former spokesman to the Afghan commerce ministry, said business should not be affected by political policies of the two countries and should move on without interruption.
He said Pakistan was Afghanistan’s closest neighbor and it was easy to do exports and trade between the two nations but unfortunately politics and insecurity had a negative impact on economic and commercial deals.
Tasnim Aslam said a bad security situation sometimes resulted in creating problems for trade.
But Ghazikhel said Pakistan had similar political problems with India, but the two countries never allowed their tension to affect bilateral trade in such a way.
Afghan traders often complain about various problems they face in Pakistan, particularly when fresh fruits’ harvest season approaches.
The Afghan delegation also asked the Pakistani Foreign Ministry official to increase scholarship for Afghan students and absorb them in other educational fields that have demand in Afghanistan market.
Pakistan has granted thousands of scholarships to Afghan students who are currently studding in various universities in Pakistan.
Pakistan recently announced about 600 scholarships for current year for bachelor, master and PhD degrees and students sat an exam in this regard in Kabul last month.