Pakistan will work to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan: FM Sep 03, 2017 0 246 12345 DAWN NEWSISLAMABAD"PAKISTAN'S position on Afghanistan is very clear: we want to see peace and stability in the country,"said Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday in response to Afghan president's message on normalisation of bilateral relations through talks. Speaking at the Presi-dential Palace in Kabul after Eid prayers on Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had sent a message to Pakistan, saying Afghanistan was"ready for comprehensive political talks. Peace with Pakistan is in our national agenda".Asif, while speaking to the media about President Ghani's message, said that Pakistan will contribute and play its due role in all the initiatives taken to that end [bring peace to Afghanistan]."We already have bilateral, trilateral, quadrilateral and multilateral mechanisms for dialogue and interaction with Afghanistan in place — those mechanisms should be utilised to their full potential."He added that both sides, during their recent interactions, recognized the need for cooperation on all fronts — political, military, and intelligence.Relations between Islamabad and Kabul have mostly remained strained, except for a brief bonhomie at the start of President Ghani's tenure in 2014. The two countries have a long-running border dispute, with Afghanistan refusing to accept the Durand Line as the international border.Their armies skirmished because of border disputes and Afghanistan's resistance to Pakistan's attempts to fence the porous border for checking unauthorised crossings. Both sides have also squabbled over terrorist sanctuaries accusing each other of harbouring terrorists.However, the two countries have lately taken steps towards a possible rapprochement through talks. President Ghani's statement on Friday confirms that normalisation efforts were making steady progress. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Sri Lanka's ex-army chief ready to testify against successor Sep 03, 2017 1 952 Food distribution halted as Rakhine violence worsens Sep 03, 2017 0 159 Rohingyas mark Eid after fleeing to Bangladesh Sep 03, 2017 0 166 Ex-Pakistan president Zardari says party not satisfied with verdict in Bhutto murder case DAWN NEWS ISLAMABAD THE FORMER president of Pakistan and co-chairman of the PPP, Asif Ali Zardari, told journalists that the party was"not satisfied"with the verdict of the Rawalpindi Ant-Terrorism Court (ATC) in the .. Pakistan girl killed in Indian firing on border AFP MUZAFFARABAD A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Pakistani girl was killed on Saturday after she was hit in the head by a bullet fired by Indian troops across the border in disputed Kashmir, officials said. The incident took place in .. Erdogan accuses Myanmar of 'genocide'against Rohingya Ankara, Sept 1, 2017 (AFP) -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Myanmar of"genocide"against the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have fled in the tens of thousands across the border into Bangladesh .. Humanitarian crisis hits Bangladesh as nearly 60,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar COX'S BAZAR NEARLY 60,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since last week, adding pressure on the scarce resources of aid agencies and local communities already helping hundreds of ..