As a goodwill gesture Pakistan reopens border with Afghanistan – Pakistan hopes the Afghan government would take steps required to address ‘the reasons’ that triggered the border closure
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took the decision on Monday ‘as a goodwill gesture’ and hoped the Afghan government would take steps required to address ‘the reasons’ that triggered the border closure.The border crossings between the two hyphenated neighbours were closed on February 16 following a string of deadly bombings killed and maimed dozens of people across the country. Pakistani officials say Jamaatul Ahrar – the group that claimed credit for the grisly violence – is operating from safe havens in Afghanistan.“We have taken this decision on humanitarian grounds,” Premier Sharif said in a statement.“Despite the fact that those involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan have a connection with anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan, the closure of the border between the two countries, having centuries old religious, cultural and historic relations, is against the economic and public interests,” he said in the statement.
Host : Abdul Hameed Tabasum
Co-Host : Malik Manzoor
Analysts on Telephone:
Brig.Ret.Said Nazeer Ahmad (Defence Expert ):
Reason behind closing Afghanistan border was to stop usage of its soil against Pakistan. Afghanistan is dependent on Pakistan in many aspects. India is trying to benefit from turmoil in Afghanistan. It may cause problems for regional stability.
Revival of Military courts under the 28th Constitutional Amendment Bill flush out the terrorism from the country
The bill was tabled in the House regarding extension of Military Courts period.
Shaikh Rashid Ahmad of Awami Muslim League, Syed Naveed Qamar of PPP and Shah Mahmood Qureshi of PTI supported the bill conditionally, explaining that the government should fulfill its commitments regarding fair trial, formation of national security committee and reforms in the judicial system.
Topic : Pakistan and India Indus Water Commissioners second round of talks to discuss water issues- Pakistan expresses hope that things will move in the positive direction as a result of meeting
The Pakistani delegation headed by Mirza Asif Saeed while P K Saxena lead the Indian delegation.Both sides discussed issues relating to water resources and dilated upon ways to resolve bilateral differences.
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif addressing a news conference in Islamabad has expressed the hope that things will move in the positive direction as a result of meeting between Permanent Indus Commissioners of Pakistan and India.Khawaja Asif said the meeting will discuss the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India.He said that Pak-India Secretary level talks on Ratle hydero electric plant will be held in Washington on 12th of next month.
Analysts on Telephone:
Dr. Gulfraz Ahmad (Energy Expert ):
The negotiations are important for both countries. There is a mutually agreed treaty between the two countries over water disputes. Both countries should try to resolve this issue bilaterally. India has started storing water more than its due share. We should make policies to stop wastage of water. We should also build dams to increase water storage.