Zardari, Karzai welcome joint military commission to deal with Af-Pak border incidents

Dushanbe, Sept 2(ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, have welcomed the setting up of a joint military commission to deal with unwanted cross-border incidents that could hamper the amicable equation of the two countries.

The two leaders met in Dushanbe on the sidelines of the third Quadrilateral Summit among Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Russian Federation.

Zardari and Karzai exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan, the geo-strategic scenario after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and bilateral cooperation in fighting the menace of narco trade, extremism and terrorism.

Recent incidents on the border also came under discussion during the meeting, and both leaders welcomed the formation of a joint military commission to deal with such untoward incidents, The Express Tribune reports.

They also discussed the issue of Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement and emphasized on its smooth functioning, and agreed that issues, if any, in the new agreement would be resolved soon.

Zardari assured Karzai that Pakistan was fully supportive of the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, Geo News reports.

He said that Islamabad was committed to support Afghanistan in restoring peace and strengthening its institutional capabilities, adding that Pakistan wishes to see a stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.

He also said that Pakistan firmly believes in the policy of non-interference in the internal matters and would support all efforts by the Afghan Government to restore order in the country and find a permanent political solution. (ANI)