BERLIN  - Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said Pakistan “is the worst victim of war” in Afghanistan and will be the biggest beneficiary of stability the war-torn country.

“To achieve peace in Afghanistan, international community must support and accelerate Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process,” she said at a discussion organised by Germany’s prestigious Korber Foundation.

The discussion, which was attended by German parliamentarians, senior officials, academicians and journalists, focussed on the situation in Afghanistan and the region.

In her opening remarks, the foreign minister recounted Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, saying: “Pakistan has lost more than 40,000 people and suffered $ 100 billion loss.” About the Pak-US relations, the foreign minister said nine months after the Salala raid, the ties were back on track, though the two states had differences over the drone attacks, which is a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and international law. She stressed that as an ally in counterterrorism, Pakistan expected the US to respect the Pak sovereignty.

Separately in a meeting with the foreign minister, German Parliamentary State Secretary for Economic Cooperation and Development Gurdun Kopp assured Pakistan of his county’s continued support for the autonomous trade preferences (ATP) package as well as GSP plus status for Pakistani products entering EU markets.

It was noted with satisfaction that Germany was Pakistan’s largest trading partner in Europe and the volume of bilateral trade had risen steeply to $ 2.5 billion in the recent years.

Both sides expressed satisfaction that the new bilateral investment treaty which was signed in 2009 had now been ratified by both the sides.

Hina said that the challenge of terrorism could be best addressed by creating more jobs and economic opportunities. She also urged the German secretary to resume Lufthansa’s flights to Pakistan.

FM Khar called on the German defence minister. The two ministers expressed their satisfaction over growing bilateral cooperation in the field of defence. They expressed the confidence that the memorandum of understating on bilateral defence cooperation, signed earlier this year, would help promote bilateral cooperation in defence. The two ministers exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan.