Afghan peace to create immense economic opportunities: FM
Pak to continue voicing for Kashmiris
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said it is utmost effort of Pakistan that the Afghan peace process resumes and reaches its logical conclusion to cultivate the benefits of peace and prosperity in the region. Addressing a ceremony here, he termed his meeting with the Afghan Taliban today as positive and satisfactory.
The Foreign Minister also warned against the spoilers saying there are certain elements who do not want peace and stability in the region especially Pakistan. He said these are the elements who cannot see Pakistan making progress on the economic front.
The Foreign Minister said the Afghan people have been rendering sacrifices over the past forty years. He said Pakistan has also suffered immensely because of instability in the neighboring country. He said Pakistan continues to host 2.7 million Afghan refugees. The Foreign Minister noted that peace in Afghanistan will help create immense economic opportunities. This will help us attract investment and create job opportunities for our youth.
He has reiterated that Pakistan will continue raising voice for suppressed Kashmiris at every international forum. The foreign minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan has internationalized Kashmir dispute and unmasked India’s real face. To a question on the Kartarpur corridor, the foreign minister said that Pakistan will fulfill its commitment to open Kartarpur corridor this year. Pakistan will welcome former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh if he visits Kartarpur, he added.
He said sane voices within India are raising questions over grave human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. Regarding the situation in Afghanistan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan desires success in Afghan peace process. “Prime Minister’s vision for Afghan peace is clear,” added Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Pakistan and Afghan Taliban have agreed on the need for earliest resumption of the Afghan peace process. The understanding came at a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and a delegation of the Taliban Political Commission led by its head Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha, here. The Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s commitment and continued strong support for all efforts in this regard.
He said Pakistan will continue to support all efforts to achieve permanent peace in Afghanistan, which is essential for Pakistan’s own socio-economic development and progress. It was emphasized that reduction of violence by all parties to the conflict is necessary to provide an enabling environment for resumption of the peace process at an early date.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the direct Taliban-US talks since last year, strongly and sincerely supported by Pakistan, have now laid a firm ground for achieving a sustainable peace deal in Afghanistan. While appreciating Taliban’s serious engagement in the peace process, the Foreign Minister underscored the need to take these efforts to their logical conclusion.
He expressed the hope that the currently paused peace process would be restarted at an early date. The Foreign Minister said Pakistan has maintained for several years that there is no military solution to the complex situation in Afghanistan. An inclusive peace and reconciliation process, involving all sections of the Afghan society, is the only, practical way forward.
Thanking Pakistan for the hospitality, the TPC delegation appreciated Pakistan’s support for peace in Afghanistan. In a tweet, Taliban Spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said that the two sides discussed bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Afghan Peace Process.
He said that the Taliban delegation also apprised the Pakistan side about problems faced by Afghan refugees and traders. Suhail Shaheen said that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi assured resolution of these problems. — VoM