China seeks to mediate between Pakistan, Afghanistan

Published: June 13, 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with Aghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: REUTERS

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with Aghan President Ashraf Ghani. PHOTO: REUTERS

China is willing to mediate between Pakistan and Afghanistan and help organise a meeting so the countries can improve their relations, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It is the first time that China wants to be a mediator in Afghanistan’s peace process and soon the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will visit Kabul. Peace with Pakistan was our demand and this must be solved between government and government,” Tolo News quoted the Afghan present as saying.

The Chinese foreign minister will work to discuss the possibility of organising a meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan, US and China, the statement added.

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Ghani made these comments while he was chairing a meeting with women’s right activists on the overall security situation in the country.

Pakistan’s ties with Afghanistan were severed when a deadly blast in Kabul on May 31 killed 150 people, making it one of the deadliest attacks in the Afghan capital since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001

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The Afghan intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security had said the Kabul attack was planned by Haqqani network in Pakistan. Following the allegations, top military commanders took exception to what they called “unwarranted accusations and threats against Pakistan” in the wake of recent upsurge in terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, urging Kabul to look inward to find answers to the current mess in the war-torn country.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Faisal
    Jun 13, 2017 - 4:11PM

    Too bad both Afghan and Pak could not sort out the issues on their own. But as long as you keep India out of the equation, good things tend to happen for both countries.
    We appreciate and respect China’s role. Recommend

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jun 13, 2017 - 6:05PM

    It is good what China wants to do but what can it be done when a big part of Afganistan is not in the control of govt. Yes bomb blasts also happens in Pakistan but with the help of Kulbushan and his company and we have taken control to its minimum limit. Afghan problems only can be solved if 1- keep Indian devil out of all solutions. 2- Bring taliban in peace process.3- use carrot and stick policy for remaining war lords.4- Must use Gulbdin Hikmet Yar presence as benefit and it will solve local problems as well as northern alliance when they are tired after long war.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 13, 2017 - 6:41PM

    Mediation is useless, the only option left for China is to take control of war on terrorism. As a third party China has no favorites and concept of good Taliban and bad Taliban (which is core issue between Pakistan and Afghanistan). China has no other choice because it’s interests and investments have been skyrocketing in this region. So why not sooner than later.. Recommend

  • genesis
    Jul 22, 2017 - 9:32PM

    Who will mediate for the oppressed in Xingjian and Tibet.They too suffer from China dominationRecommend

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