PESHAWAR, 30 November: A meeting is expected between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Paris where a global moot on climate change is underway.

The Awami National Party (ANP) president Asfandyar Wali Khan, who has returned from a visit of Afghanistan, said he has persuaded Mr Ghani to resume talks with Pakistan to promote bilateral relations. He said the Afghan president has now decided to attend the Paris conference himself instead of sending Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah for the conference and it is highly expected that he will meet Nawaz Sharif there.

The delegation of Pakhtun leaders which recently visited Afghanistan included Asfandyar Wali, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) president Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and other leaders. The Pakistani delegation besides meeting the Afghan president had also met former president Hamid Karzai and members of the Afghan parliament.

Aftab Sherpao and Asfandyar told a news channel that they have managed to reduce mistrust between the two governments to a great extent. They hoped that the bilateral relations will improve soon.

Pak-Afghan ties suffered a setback in September when the Afghan government accused Pakistan of involvement in Taliban’s occupation of Kunduz city.

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