Extraordinary arrangements have been made in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to invite Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan who has embarked on his maiden official trip to Afghanistan on Thursday.
Pictures of PM Khan landing in Kabul this morning went viral on social media. According to the details, acting foreign minister Hanif Atmar and President special envoy received PM Imran Khan and the delegation at Kabul International Airport. Khan is accompanied by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his adviser on commerce and investment, Abdul Razzak Dawood. DG ISI Gen Faiz Hameed is also a part of the Pakistani delegation.
PM Khan was given guard of honor upon his arrival in President House Afghanistan.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI arrives at #Kabul – He and the Pakistani delegation are received by @MHaneefAtmar @Umerdaudzai2 and @ambmansoorkhan upon arrival https://t.co/IK1nkpVMxL pic.twitter.com/OufTyz5lgN— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) November 19, 2020
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Labor and Public Affairs announced a public holiday in Kabul on Thursday ahead of the arrival of PM Khan on security grounds. Moreover, the streets of Kabul have been adorned with Pakistani flags in a bid to give a warm reception to the Pakistani delegation who is visiting the northwestern neighboring country at the invitation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Pictures of the Pakistani flags put up in Kabul have been circulating on social media since Wednesday. The office of the President Afghan president rolled out the red carpet to PM Khan. Pictures of the special arrangements for the Pakistani delegation have been floating on social media. #IKinKabul is also trending atop on social media.
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) November 19, 2020
#Pakistan and #Afghanistan flags all set to welcome the Pakistani Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI as he undertakes his Afghanistan visit. pic.twitter.com/ySnnU2SzHz— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) November 19, 2020
A chilly morning in #Kabul with beefed up security arrangements as Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI is all set to undertake his first ever visit to Afghanistan with key meetings on the agenda, visit taking place on the invite of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani pic.twitter.com/4JhMzPmriE— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) November 19, 2020
Security has also been tightened in the Afghan capital to prevent untoward incidents marring the visit of PM Khan.
Hello from Kabul – The city is all decked up with the green and white crescent flag of Pakistan to welcome Pak PM @ImranKhanPTI in the city as the Pakistani Prime Minister undertakes his first bilateral visit of the Neighbouring country on Thursday. #Pakistan #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/ouIvh3WHKe
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) November 18, 2020
On the other hand, social media users have been anticipating that the ongoing visit of Imran Khan to Kabul will revive the diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations between the two neighboring countries. The analysts hope that both the countries will pledge to counter the shared problem of terrorism that has devastated the economies and local population on both sides of the border. They hope that the visit will open door to long-lasting peace in the region.