CASA 1000 summit melts ice between Pakistan-Afghanistan

Misunderstandings and differences apart, particularly between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the event provided an opportunity to the leaders to move a step forward towards resolving issues for the mutual interest of all. According to Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif CASA-1000 had proved to be a blessing as it provided an opportunity for leaders to meet, discuss and eventually move forward to .resolve any issues. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier had a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Astana. The quadrilateral summit too provided the chance and hoped it would help the dream of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for regional integration and connectivity come true. At the conclusion of the review of the CASA meeting, Prime. Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Emomali Rahman had a stroll along the .ice-cold cascading Varzob River where they discussed issues of mutual interest, They were later joined by President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay jeenbekov at the luncheon. President Ashraf Ghani too bad a chat with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as they arrived at the Quadrilateral summit after meeting President Emornali Rahmon. Nawaz Sharif and Ashraf Ghani walked to the conference hall holding each other’s hand. Although there was no official word about their talk, the atmospherics clearly indicated positive vibes. Earlier, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif along with the leaders of CASA Countries visited an agriculture products exhibition that showcased Tajikistan’s delicious fruits dry fruit and vegetables. The leaders went around different stalls and tasted the local produce.

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