- The Afghan Taliban delegation meets Shah Mahmood Qureshi, will even meet PM Imran Khan.
- Mullah Baradar and his staff’s final go to to Pakistan was in August to debate the Afghan peace course of.
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday mentioned that the accountability for a discount in violence in Afghanistan can’t be shouldered by the Taliban alone.
Addressing a press convention following a gathering with an Afghan Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the overseas minister mentioned that peace talks have now begun however the discount in violence that was anticipated is up to now not being witnessed.
“But this responsibility cannot be placed on the shoulders of the Taliban alone. All sides will have to play a role,” he pressured.
He mentioned that there are various causes for the violence and the delegation introduced their viewpoint on the matter.
Qureshi mentioned Pakistan needs a discount in violence and needs it to proceed in the direction of a ceasefire. “For a stable Afghanistan a comprehensive and inclusive settlement is required,” he added.
He mentioned that the worldwide group must play their function in the event that they want to see a peaceable Afghanistan. “They will have to continue their role in the reconstruction and economic development and this will make possible the return of Afghan refugees.”
Qureshi mentioned the subsequent spherical of talks between the US and Afghan Taliban for peace in Afghanistan will begin on January 5.
He mentioned that the venue is but to be determined and each side have indicated their preferences.
The overseas minister mentioned that within the discussions held right this moment, Pakistan as soon as extra introduced its view that there is no such thing as a army resolution for continued peace in Afghan.
“A negotiated political settlement is the only way forward for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan,” he mentioned.
He mentioned Pakistan introduced its view level to the Baradar-led delegation which additionally included their fundamental negotiator Sheikh Hakeem.
“One thing that was clear (in our discussions) was that in the past 40 years’ events brought a lot of damage to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the entire region,” Qureshi mentioned.
“This is a historic opportunity to redress that damage and must not be wasted,” he added.
The overseas minister mentioned that the delegation have been grateful to Pakistan for the nation’s constructive function in taking this matter ahead and for caring for Afghan refugees.
He mentioned that they acknowledge that for this battle to proceed just isn’t of their favour and never within the favour of Afghanistan.
“From their discussions, I could sense seriousness towards achieving peace,” Qureshi mentioned.
Delegation to additionally meet PM Imran Khan
A delegation of the Taliban Political Commission (TPC), headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, arrived in Islamabad right this moment on a three-day journey, introduced the Foreign Office.
The FO assertion mentioned that the Baradar and his delegation might be in Pakistan from December 16-18, and are scheduled to satisfy Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“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,” mentioned the FO.
The FO maintained that Pakistan will preserve supporting an “inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement for durable peace, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region”.
Last time Baradar and his staff had visited Pakistan was in August to debate the Afghan peace course of.
‘Significant milestone in peace course of reached’
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”, with the 2 sides agreeing on the principles and procedures for a complete ceasefire and political roadmap.
Khalilzad had 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”.
In this regard, Pakistan had welcomed the announcement of the settlement, saying it mirrored “a common resolve of parties to secure a negotiated settlement”.
“It is an [important] development contributing towards a successful outcome of Intra-Afghan Negotiations,” a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry mentioned on Twitter.
Afghans ‘should be the masters of their future’
Pakistan has been instrumental in persuading the Afghanistan authorities and the Taliban to debate choices for peace. The transfer by Islamabad goals to place an finish to the battle that has been raging for the previous 19 years in Afghanistan now.
However, Islamabad has again and again warned the world in opposition to spoilers within the peace course of, saying that New Delhi was in opposition to peace and stability within the war-torn nation.