Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (R) shakes hands with chair of the Afghan High Peace Council, Salahuddin Rabbani (2R) prior to their talks in Islamabad on November 12, 2012. – Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said there is a consensus in Pakistan that both Afghanistan and Pakistan should work together for peace in the region.

The prime minister was talking to Salahuddin Rabbani, Chairman Afghan Peace Council along with members of his delegation who called on him at the prime minister house on Monday and discussed with him matters of bilateral interest.

Welcoming the delegation, the prime minister said that the people of Pakistan had a special place for late Burhanuddin Rabbani.

The prime minister expressed the hope that the delegation during its current visit would hold discussions with Pakistani officials which will pave way for closer relations between the two countries.

Pakistan, earlier on Monday registered a protest with Afghanistan’s ambassador over what it called unprovoked cross border shelling.

The Afghan peace council chairman thanked the prime minister for inviting the delegation to Pakistan.

Rabbani said people of Afghanistan are grateful to the people of Pakistan for the assistance extended to them during their struggle against Soviet Union.

Referring to the attack on Malala Yousafzai, the prime minister said, “the whole world has been shaken by the Malala incident.”

Rabbani said that the attack on a 14 year innocent school girl shows how vulnerable the attackers have become.

On the incidents of cross border shelling, both the leaders agreed that there should be increased coordination between the two countries to stop such incidents in future.

The prime minister said both the countries have to work together and leave a legacy for coming generations which is peaceful.

The prime minister assured the Afghan delegation that the government of Pakistan will do all what it takes for a peaceful Afghanistan.

Rehman Malik, Minister for Interior, Hina Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Secretary and other government officials were also present during the meeting.

Updated Nov 12, 2012 05:09pm

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