BEIJING (APP) - A prominent Chinese scholar has emphasised that in the long run China, Pakistan and Afghanistan need to form a Pamir group, a strategic trilateral partnership to support sustainable peace and prosperity in the region. The Pamir Mountains include the Tianshan, Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountain ranges. In the Pamir region, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan not only have common landscape, they also share a history and culture. For thousands of years, the Pamir passes have served as the crossroads of goods, ideas, cultures and religions between China, the Arab world and Europe. The Pamir countries could revive the Silk Road with China intensifying its investment in building a network of roads, energy pipelines, electric grids and other infrastructure connecting Afghanistan, and Pakistan with China. The wars and killings in Afghanistan not only harm the national interests of the country, but also endanger regional development and cooperation. Within the Pamir group and serving as a mediator to bring peace between the warring factions of the region, China can work collectively with Afghanistan and Pakistan to stop violence among the local people, helping an Afghan government that makes all fighting peoples and factions sit at the table for political settlement and national reconciliation. If there were no wars in the region, tens of thousands of trucks and buses would transport cargo and people every day among these three countries. In an article titled New Silk Road could revitalise war-torn Afghanistan, published in Global Times, scholar Li Xiguang said that Afghan war is more likely a regional war in which China has a stake. After the death of Osama bin Laden, China needs to redefine the issue of Afghanistan. China should lose no time to initiate regional cooperation among China, Pakistan and Afghanistan to realise the tremendous potential of the legendary medieval Silk Road. Any prospect of reviving regional trade has been disrupted since the 1970s due to Soviet and NATO invasions of Afghanistan. As a responsible world power and the biggest neighbour of Afghanistan, China should also help its neighbour turn a new page, by using its influence to tell the NATO countries that the three-decade wars in Afghanistan must end now. Li Xinguang, who is Director of the Tsinghua University Centre for Pakistan Studies, said that despite the war in Afghanistan, recent years have seen Chinese companies taking an active part in the countrys economic reconstruction by undertaking road construction, communications and other infrastructure projects. For example, Chinas biggest investment in a single foreign project is the Aynak Copper Mine project. ZTE, Huawei and Sinohydro are among the Chinese giant companies involved in the country. The Jomhuri Hospital, the largest China-assisted project in Afghanistan, has been handed over to the Afghan government. Northeastern Afghanistan once contained the Wakhan Corridor to China, where Hungarian explorer Aurel Stein reported in 1906 that at least 100 pony loads of goods crossed to China annually. Today, a few hours drive away from Wakhan lies Kashghar, a newly-developed special economic zone in the far western end of Xinjiang, where visitors can see plots of land for Central and South Asia Industrial Park, factories making goods for export to Pakistan and warehouses storing cargo headed for Central and South Asia. With tens of billions of dollars pumped into Kashghar, China hopes the city will be restored to the position it had in the legendary Silk Road, serving as a launching pad into Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asian countries. Although the war has devastated Afghanistan, history shows that Afghanistan is a resilient nation. Despite the chill of Afghan war and the Pamirs freezing climate, with the forming of a Pamir group for regional cooperation, the people of the region will see a warm future of peace and prosperity, the scholar said.