ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed today that Pakistan's constructive engagement with the new Afghan leadership is resulting in qualitative transformation of bilateral relations.

Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, told the House during question hour that President Ashraf Ghani places Pakistan in the first of his five areas of focus in foreign policy.

Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to increase bilateral trade to five billion dollars by the end of 2017. He said Afghan government has positively responded to Pakistan's effort for training Afghan army soldiers and the officers.

To a question, the Adviser said Pakistan would raise the issue of Rohingya Muslims in coming session of the UN General Assembly. He said Pakistan is playing active role in political and diplomatic fronts to help safeguard rights of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims.

To another question, Sartaj Aziz said the government is in touch with Kuwaiti authorities on the issue of unannounced restriction on issuance of visas.

The Adviser said out of 51 agreements and MoUs signed during visit of the Chinese Prime Minister, 29 are under effective implementation in different sectors.

Replying to a question on behalf of Commerce Minister, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada told the House that trade deficit has increased after implementation of FTA with China and PTA with Indonesia.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions informed the House that at present 1.536 million registered and estimated one million undocumented Afghans are living in Pakistan.