Islamabad: As Afghan president Hamid Karzai prepares for his upcoming visit to Pakistan to bridge the trust deficit between the two nations; many Afghans do not have high hopes from this visit which will be his last visit as a president.
Karzai cannot run for a third consecutive term in the elections due in nine months and this visit will mark his 16th visit in the past 12 years for peace negotiations.
According to the Express Tribune, Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai is hopeful the visit will `open a new chapter` in bilateral relations and expects it to have a positive outcome, unlike several visits to Pakistan over the years.
Pakistan`s foreign ministry spokesman said that there will be a substantive agenda for talks with Karzai and the regional and post-2014 situation in Afghanistan will also be discussed.
However, political analysts remain skeptical about this last opportunity to resolve the differences between the two nations.
Analyst Waheed Muzdha, believes that Karzai`s visit will not yield any results if he expects Islamabad to force the Afghan Taliban into holding peace talks adding that Pakistan is in fact making claims of influence over the Taliban to seek privileges from the international community.
Former Afghan minister Dr Farooq Azam also expressed his pessimism over the visit
The report said that the Afghan officials have laid their hopes on Pakistan`s promise to facilitate the peace process and said that Karzai will urge Pakistan to honour their promises.