Pakistan has a policy of non-interference in Afghanistan: Gilani

Gilani urges international community to support Pakistan in fight against terrorism.

July 20, 2011

LONDON: Prime Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday urged the international community to devise a clear roadmap on Afghanistan to ensure peace and stability in the region and the world while speaking at a meeting with Mark Philip Sedwill, the UK’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan’s policy on Afghanistan was very clear as it wanted a “stable, peaceful and prosperous” Afghanistan through a smooth transition. He hoped that the time before Bonn Conference be utilised to draw a strategy that ensures peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan after the possible withdrawal of the ISAF forces in 2014.

Gilani said Pakistan believed in a policy of non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and believes that peace was vital for the stability of the entire region.

He said Pakistan was trying to fight the menace of terrorism despite heavy odds but needed international support to sustain its commitment.

The Prime Minister said a two-tier joint commission on reconciliation had been set up by Pakistan and Afghanistan to tackle terrorism. The first tier of the commission led by the chief executives of two countries was held in Islamabad, while the first meeting of the Joint Commission’s second tier level was held in Kabul on June 29 this year.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan has been working with the Afghan leadership to promote reconciliation through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process with the Taliban.

He expressed confidence that the appointment of Mark Sedwill as UK’s special representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan would be helpful in promoting peace in the region due to his knowledge and understanding of both the countries acquired through serving in both countries during his diplomatic career.

Mark Sedwill apprised the Prime Minister about the working of his office regarding matters relating to Pakistan and Afghanistan.  He said efforts would be made by international community to focus on stability and peace in Afghanistan in the post 2014 scenario as the region can not afford this country plunge into chaos again.

Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of the article read "policy of non-interference" as "policy non-interference" in the headline. The correction has been made.


Mastishhk | 11 years ago | Reply

Gilani has a policy of non-interference even for Pakistan :))

Amna Zaman | 11 years ago | Reply

Pakistan must take steps to better its relation with the neigbouring countries. This is vital for the country and the future generations!

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