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Pakistan cautions Afghan Taliban of ‘spoilers’

The delegation of Afghan Taliban thanked the federal government and folks of Pakistan “for their consistent support to the people of Afghanistan, including for graciously hosting Afghan refugees for over four decades”.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday cautioned the Afghan Taliban of “spoilers” who didn’t want to see return of peace within the area.

The warning from Islamabad got here, in a gathering of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi with a Taliban Political Commission (TPC) delegation on Tuesday.

The TPC delegation was headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and was welcomed by the overseas minister on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.

“During the meeting, views were exchanged on the current status of the Afghan peace process and the way forward,” a post-meeting assertion by the Foreign Office mentioned.

During the alternate, Qureshi underscored Prime Minister Imran Khan’s constant stance that there was no navy answer to the battle in Afghanistan and {that a} political settlement was the one means ahead.

“Highlighting Pakistan’s positive contribution to the peace and reconciliation process, culminating in the US-Taliban Peace Agreement in Doha on 29 February 2020, the foreign minister underlined that this historic opportunity must be seized by the Afghan stakeholders to secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive negotiated political solution,” learn the assertion.

According to the assertion, the overseas minister reiterated Pakistan’s “commitment to a peaceful, stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan”.

He emphasised the necessity for the US-Taliban settlement to be realised in its entirety “paving the way for the earliest possible commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations”.

Qureshi advised the delegation that for its half “Pakistan will continue to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process for durable peace, stability and prosperity in the region and beyond”.

The overseas minister famous that the 2 nations have long-standing ties primarily based on amity, shared historical past and geography and conveyed Pakistans abiding solidarity with the brotherly individuals of Afghanistan.

He referred to as upon the worldwide group to “enhance its engagement for reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan”.

“The foreign minister also underscored the need for creating economic opportunities and an environment conducive for return of Afghan refugees to their homeland with dignity and honour,” the assertion mentioned.

Baradar, in keeping with the assertion, thanked Qureshi for the invitation and “affirmed support for efforts for peace, security and development in Afghanistan”.

The delegation additionally thanked the federal government and folks of Pakistan “for their consistent support to the people of Afghanistan, including for graciously hosting Afghan refugees for over four decades”.

This was the third assembly with the Afghan Taliban delegation. Previously, the 2 sides met in October 2019 on the Foreign Office and in Doha in February this yr.

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