KABUL -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in a visit to Kabul Thursday (November 19) pledged to do everything possible to help reduce violence in Afghanistan.
Khan's first visit to Kabul since being elected prime minister in 2018 comes amid surging violence across Afghanistan that has worsened despite peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban that launched September 12 in Doha, Qatar.
"We the people of Pakistan, the government of Pakistan have only one concern... that we want peace [in Afghanistan]," Khan said at a joint press conference after meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
"We feel that people of Afghanistan have suffered for four decades, and if ever a human community needed peace, it is Afghanistan and it is now," he said.
"Pakistan will do everything, whatever is possible, we will do to help reduce this violence and in fact move towards a ceasefire," he said.
"We notice with concern that the level of violence despite the talks in Qatar ... is rising," Khan said.
Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence chief Gen. Faiz Hamid and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi accompanied Khan.
Both sides agreed to form committees to improve communication between the two countries.
"We have come to an understanding that a shared vision regarding co-operation is not only essential for relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan but a harbinger of regional co-operation [and] connectivity," Ghani said at the press conference.
"Our common focus and what inspires us both is poverty eradication, the empowerment of citizens of our countries within the frameworks of our Islamic constitutions," he said.
"A comprehensive political settlement for an enduring peace within the framework of our values, our constitution and the Islamic Republic is the way to the future," he said.
Ghani said he would soon visit Pakistan.