Pakistan desires durable peace, prosperity in Afghanistan: FM

Pak urges global community engagement for rehabilitation, reconciliation of Afghanistan


A delegation of the Taliban Political Commission (TPC), headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is on Pakistan visit from 16-18 December 2020. During the visit, the delegation will meet with the Foreign Minister and call on the Prime Minister. The TPC delegation last visited Pakistan in August 2020. The visit of Taliban Political Commission delegation is part of Pakistan’s policy to reach out to key Afghan parties in the Afghan peace process with a view to facilitating the Intra-Afghan Negotiations that commenced in Doha on 12 September 2020. Pakistan will continue to support an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement for durable peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Pakistan desires durable peace in Afghanistan.

He was talking to a delegation of the Taliban Political Commission led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Islamabad today.The Minister said Pakistan played its possible reconciliatory role in the agreement reached between the Afghan Taliban and the United States in Doha.He said agreement on the rules for intra-Afghan talks is a welcome development. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has been stating since the beginning that the only way for peace in Afghanistan is meaningful and comprehensive dialogue. He said peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace and stability in the entire region. The Foreign Minister said Pakistan wants promotion of multifaceted ties with Afghanistan. The Afghan Taliban delegation head Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar lauded Pakistan’s reconciliatory efforts for peace in a televised message after talks with the Taliban delegation in Islamabad today (Wednesday), he said responsibility in this regard rests with all the stakeholders. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Taliban delegation during the talks today showed their eagerness and seriousness for peace. The Foreign Minister said the Taliban delegation which will also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan has acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Referring to the violent conflict that not only impacted Afghanistan but also Pakistan and the region, the Foreign Minister said it is a historic opportunity for the Afghan parties to take the matters towards peaceful settlement. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the next round of talks between the Afghan parties will be held on the fifth of next month. The venue of talks is yet to be decided as different proposals are under consideration. The Foreign Minister also urged the international community to continue to play its role for reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. This, he said, will also lead to the repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland.

The Taliban political representatives are visiting Pakistan shortly after U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad’s visit to Pakistan on the Afghan reconciliation process. Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the meeting with the U.S. special envoy said that Pakistan will continue to play its positive role for peace and stability in the region.


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