Pakistan to facilitate Afghan peace process till logical end: FM

Pakistan lodges protest over unprovoked Indian ceasefire violations


Foreign Minister Sah Mehmood Qureshi said regional peace is linked with peace in Afghanistan. He said bringing militant groups in Afghanistan to the table was not an easy job but Pakistan has succeeded in this challenge.
Addressing in National Assembly, he said PM Imran kept on saying that peace in Afghanistan is possible only through dialogue. He said the stance of US government towards Pakistan has changed during 11 months of incumbent government. He said US has agreed that there is no military solution in Afghanistan, adding that a new journey has started with US government.
Foreign Minister said PM Imran Khan put Pakistan’s point of view in front of US authorities in a clear way. He said convincing US for Afghan talks is a great achievement. He said for the first time elections were held in erstwhile FATA and tribal people entered into national stream. He further said Pakistan is not supporting any specific group in Afghanistan, adding that President Ghani was apprised of our purposes in Afghan peace process.
The PTI leader said Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan as the regional stability is linked with this. He said however some elements across the border do some activities that are harming peace in the region. Foreign Minister Qureshi has said the shift in US thinking to resolve Afghan impasse vindicates the stance of Prime Minister Imran Khan that only political solution can achieve peace in Afghanistan. He also admitted that the convergence of Pak-US views on resolution of Afghan conflict was not an easy task.
Referring to situation of August 2017 when the Trump administration announced its South Asia Strategy and resultant suspension of security assistance to Pakistan, the Foreign Minister said the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan helped bridge differences and provided an opportunity to present Pakistan’s stance to a host of stakeholders in the US.
Meanwhile, Foreign Office on Monday summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and lodged a strong protest over unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control. Pakistan registered strong protest over continued and persistent cross border violations by India.
In Nezapir Sector on Sunday, an innocent civilian lady was martyred while three other civilians sustained serious injuries in Mandhar and Kirni villages. In Kailer Sector, an innocent civilian was injured in Katchar village. In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal said the Indian forces along the Line of Control and the Working boundary are continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons.
He said the deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. The Spokesperson said the ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation. He urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate these and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.
Ten personnel of the Pakistan armed forces were martyred in two separate attacks in Balochistan and North Waziristan tribal region on Saturday. A Pakistan army officer, Captain Aqib was among the martyrs. The rest included Havaldar Khalid, Sepoy Hafeezullah, Sepoy Atif Altaf, Sepoy Nadir, Sepoy Naveed, Sepoy Bachal, Sepoy Babar, Sepoy Ehsan, and Sepoy Ali Raza.
The first incident occurred in Gurbaz area of North Waziristan near Pak-Afghan border when terrorists from across the border opened fire on soldiers who were on a regular patrolling. The second incident took place in Balochistan where four personnel were martyred when a contingent of Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan troops came under attack by militants during a combing and sensitisation operation between Hushab and Turbat.

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