Pakistan supports Afghan-led, Afghan-owned settlement: Envoy

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 15 (DNA): Acting Pakistan High Commissioner to Canada
Shahbaz Malik said that Pakistan supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned
settlement of Afghan crisis and it would keep working with the
international community to achieve this end.

“We wish that the Afghan conflict comes to an end,” he said while
speaking at a cultural fair arranged in the Canadian capital to mark the
75th Independence Day of Pakistan, said a press release received on
Sunday.

Pakistan flag-themed celebratory cake was also cut amidst the
performance of local Pakistani artists.

A large number of Canadian Pakistanis and locals attended the fair and
evinced keen interest in various stalls showcasing Pakistan’s art,
culture, heritage, artifacts, garments and traditional Pakistani food.

Acting Pakistan High Commissioner Shahbaz Malik told the audience that
Pakistan had come a long way and the Naya Pakistan was developing and
coming out vibrantly under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He said Pakistan like other countries also faced challenges, but it had
time and again shown resilience to overcome such odds.

He urged the Pakistanis celebrating independence to also keep in their
memory and prayers the Kashmiri brethren suffering hardships and
atrocities Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Speaking on the occasion, Canadian Member Parliament & Associate
Minister of Finance & Middle Class Prosperity Mona Fortier, Member
Canadian Parliament Arya Canada and Deputy Mayor Ottawa Laura Dudas
felicitated the Canadian Pakistanis celebrating Independence Day and
lauded their role and contribution in the progress and development of
Canada.

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