Pakistan’s Qureshi holds talks with Taliban team, calls for peace in Afghanistan


Pakistan has expressed hope for peace in Afghanistan, however on the identical time mentioned that accountability for a discount in violence in that nation “cannot be shouldered by the Taliban alone”.

The feedback have been made by Pakistan overseas minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi throughout a press convention in Islamabad on Wednesday following a gathering with an Afghan Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Qureshi mentioned Pakistan desires a discount in violence and desires it to proceed in the direction of a ceasefire. “For a stable Afghanistan, a comprehensive and inclusive settlement is required,” he informed the media.

A delegation of the Taliban Political Commission (TPC), headed by Baradar, arrived in Islamabad beneath tight safety on Wednesday on a three-day journey throughout which the delegation may even be assembly with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In his press convention, Qureshi mentioned that peace talks have now begun, however the discount in violence that was anticipated is thus far not being witnessed.

“This responsibility cannot be placed on the shoulders of the Taliban alone. All sides will have to play a role,” he mentioned, including that there are various causes for the violence and the Afghan delegation had shared their views with Pakistan on the matter.

“From their discussions, I could sense seriousness towards achieving peace,” Qureshi added.

He additionally introduced that the subsequent spherical of talks between the US and the Afghan Taliban for peace in Afghanistan will start on January 5. He mentioned that the venue is but to be determined.

The overseas minister mentioned that in the discussions that have been held, Pakistan as soon as but introduced its view that there is no such thing as a navy answer for continued peace in Afghan.

The overseas workplace mentioned in a press release that Pakistan will preserve supporting an “inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement for durable peace, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region”.

The go to comes days after US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, introduced that the Afghanistan peace course of has reached a “significant milestone”.

Khalilzad mentioned on Twitter that the 2 sides had recognised a three-page settlement that codifies guidelines and procedures for negotiations on a political roadmap and a “comprehensive ceasefire”.

Pakistan had welcomed the announcement of the settlement, saying it mirrored “a common resolve of parties to secure a negotiated settlement”.

But it additionally warned the world in opposition to spoilers in the peace course of, saying that New Delhi was in opposition to peace and stability in the war-torn nation.


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