ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for diplomatic and peaceful solution to issues between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He expressed this during a meeting with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

According to details, Karzai visited PM Nawaz at his residence in London to inquire about his health following his open heart surgery.

Both the leaders expressed to resolve ongoing tensions along Torkham border immediately and stressed the need to strengthen as well as expand relations between the two countries.

Karzai expressed “serious concern over the clashes at Torkham and hoped that both sides would resolve the matter through diplomatic channels.”

“Pakistan and Afghanistan are neighbouring countries which have many religious and cultural commonalities and fighting would cause human and financial losses to both countries,” he said.

Karzai further urged Afghans to “stand behind the country’s national forces to defend the country.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the construction of a gate on the Pakistani side of the border was disrupted when Afghan border guards started ‘unprovoked firing’ at roughly 9:00pm on Sunday. Cross fire along the border caused casualties on both sides.

To lift the tention, Pakistan offered to hold talks on border issue. Afghanistan on Friday, accepts Pakistan’s offer to hold talks. According to spokesperson for Afghan National Security Council Tawab Ghorzang, the Afghan government on Friday decided that a delegation led by Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister will travel to Pakistan.