FM urges int’l community to play their due role for stability in Afghanistan

Findings did not corroborate Afghan ambassador’s daughter account: Afghan delegation told

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ISLAMABAD, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said peace and stability in Afghanistan is a shared responsibility of the international community and Pakistan has played its role in this respect.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this evening, he said Pakistan facilitated the Afghan Peace Process with utmost sincerity. He said Pakistan is a facilitator and not the guarantor of peace in Afghanistan. He urged the international community and the regional countries to play their due role to facilitate peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan has always said that there is no military solution to the situation in Afghanistan. He said a negotiated, inclusive and broad-based political settlement is the only way forward to establish peace in Afghanistan. He said it the people of Afghanistan to decide their future as Pakistan has no favourites there.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan fully rejects the baseless accusations made by the Afghan Representative in UN Security Council. He urged the Government of Afghanistan to refrain from blaming Pakistan for failures of others. He said I have invited Afghan Foreign Minister to visit Islamabad to and discuss and resolve issues if any on the dialogue table.

He called upon all the sides to respect human rights as withdrawal of US and NATO troops are nearing completion.

Answering a question, the Foreign Minister said we will not allow use of Pakistan’s soil against Afghanistan.

Regarding investigations into Dasu bus incident, he said investigations into the incident has almost completed and soon its findings will be shared with the media after consultation with China.

An Afghan delegation was conveyed that law-enforcement agencies had carried out detailed and thorough investigation into the reported complaint of Afghan ambassador’s daughter and findings on the ground did not corroborate the reported incident by the complainant on July 16.

A comprehensive witness account also led to the conclusion that the findings on the ground did not corroborate the report by the complainant.

The delegation that had arrived here in connection with reported complaint of Afghan ambassador’s daughter was further informed that this was further substantiated by the technical evidence, Foreign Office spokesperson said in a press release on Sunday.

On certain aspects of the case, the relevant Pakistani authorities reiterated the earlier request for provision of additional information, and access to evidence and the complainant.

During the visit, the delegation met with the officials of law-enforcement agencies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegation was given a comprehensive briefing on all aspects of investigation conducted by the relevant Pakistani authorities in the reported incident.

The press release further said that they were also taken to the Safe City Office, Islamabad, where they were shown several video footages from various locations of different timings in which the complainant was clearly identifiable moving around the places independently.

An on-site visit of all the locations visited by the complainant was arranged for the delegation, followed by presentation of technical data (findings of mobile forensic/geo fencing) as well.

The delegation was also informed of the measures taken for enhanced security of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Islamabad and its Consulates.

“Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with Afghanistan. At this critical juncture in the Afghan peace process, it is extremely important to work jointly for the shared objective of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan,” the spokesperson added.

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