ISLAMABAD: A statement from diplomatic sources says that Pakistan will not engage in a media war with Afghanistan despite some statements from Afghanistan politicians and officials against Pakistan, and will continue to maintain good relations with Afghanistan, Express News reported.
The statement recognised the Northern Alliance, the Taliban, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and America as stakeholders in the Afghanistan solution.
It also said that after the Doha talks, America had acknowledged that the Taliban were stakeholders in the Afghanistan solution.
The statement also said that India was not a direct neighbour to Afghanistan.
Express News Bureau Chief Islamabad Amir Ilyas Rana said that important aspects of Pakistan’s foreign policy were highlightened in a meeting between political officials and diplomats.
Rana said that talks between the US and the Taliban would continue even though they might have stopped temporarily, and Pakistan would continue to provide assistance in the matter.
He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken a line of action for Pakistan’s foreign policy objectives and that Pakistan should have good relations, diplomatic and economic, with all countries be it China, America or the European Union.
Rana said that Pakistan was fully committed to prevent a tragedy like the current militant blowback after the Soviet War from occurring again after NATO troops exit from Afghanistan in 2014.
Rana said that Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Senator Sartaj Aziz met with Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs Salman Khurshid and decided that Pakistan and Indian prime ministers would meet at the UN General Assembly annual session meeting in America in September, where the dates for the third stage of Pakistan-India talks would also be finalised.
The third stage of Pakistan India talks was important, Rana said.
Diplomats said that the Indian media was busy in promoting a negative propaganda against Pakistan, such that 8 out of 10 Indian films were against Pakistan, something that Pakistan had never engaged in, and that an agreement to stop the media war should be reached in order for peace talks to proceed.
They said that Prime Minister Nawaz had been working for the betterment of ties between Pakistan and India, but the talks were disrupted by the occurrence of the Kargil War.
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