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Border Economic Zones along the Afghan Border to lessen Afghan Dependency on Foreign Assistance: NA Speaker
Tuesday, 28th December, 2021

Islamabad; December 28, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has underlined the need for collective international efforts to address the sufferings of the people of Afghanistan. He said that providing economic opportunities would help lessen Afghanistan’s dependency on foreign assistance. They both agreed for enhancing parliamentary role in bringing both the countries closer. He expressed these views while talking to the Charge de’ Affaires of United States Ms. Angela Aggeler  who called on the Speaker in Parliament House, this morning.
Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the present situation in Afghanistan warrants immediate attention of International community to ease out  economic difficulties of Afghan people. The Speaker reiterated his earlier stance for creating border markets or border economic zones so that the Afghan economy self-sustains instead of depending on foreign assistance. He said that lack of economic opportunities might give room terrorism to prop up again in Afghanistan.
The Speaker said that Pakistan and US share the same human values and liberties. He said that Parliament of Pakistan strongly desires to foster its ties with US Congress. He informed that he had established a contact group comprising senior Parliamentarians Asad Umar, Hina Rabbani Khar and Khurrum Dastagir Khan to interact with their US counterparts for promoting parliamentary friendship. He said that he would himself supervise the activities of the group.
Referring to the Pakistan-US relations, the Speaker said that Pakistan values its longstanding relationship with USA. He said that constructive engagement between both the countries would promote peace, security and development in the region. He acknowledged the contributions by the USA in terms of infrastructure development, education, healthcare and creating economic opportunities. He also called for enhancing cooperation in trade and investment sectors. The Speaker said that during his recent interaction with US Congressmen had agreed for enhancing parliamentary cooperation.
US Charge de’ Affaires thanked Speaker Asad Qaiser for providing her opportunity to exchange of views. She agreed that Parliamentary engagement would strengthen existing bilateral relations. She appreciated the Pakistani leadership for holding the OIC Conference in Islamabad. She agreed that people of Afghanistan should not be the sufferers and USA would support providing economic opportunities. She assured her government would extend all out support for establishment of economic zones at borders.
Ms. Angela termed relations between US and Pakistan based on trust and cooperation. She appreciated Pakistan’s role in comity of nations. She said that Pakistan was an attractive market for investment therefore American investors were keen to invest here. She assured efforts by economic section of her embassy in that regard.