PESHAWAR - Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao on Friday said that there was a dire need to improve bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as the role of two countries was key to bringing peace and stability to the region.

He expressed these views while talking to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on phone.

The two leaders exchanged Eid greetings and inquired after each other’s well being. They also talked about the prevailing political situation in the region. The QWP leader said that Islamabad and Kabul would have to join hands to bring peace and development to the region as the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan had been exposed to a host of challenges.

Aftab Sherpao, who is convener of the Pak-Afghan Friendship Group in the National Assembly, hoped that the leadership of the two neighbouring countries should make efforts to bridge the trust deficit and bring the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan closer.

He said that Pakistan wanted to see a prosperous and developed Afghanistan as the two countries shared common faith, culture and history. He said that peace in Pakistan was linked to stability in Afghanistan, adding there was a dire need to foster harmony between the two countries. Aftab Sherpao also expressed grief over the killing of a cousin of Hamid Karzai in a suicide attack in Kandahar.