Pakistan’s role ‘essential’ for Taliban peace talks, says Afghan envoy

Published: August 19, 2015
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The statement came amidst stalemate of the Pakistan-brokered talks and diplomatic tensions between the two neighbours following the series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan. PHOTO: AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

The statement came amidst stalemate of the Pakistan-brokered talks and diplomatic tensions between the two neighbours following the series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan. PHOTO: AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

ISLAMABAD: Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad Janan Mosazai has said his country considers Pakistan’s role “essential” in the reconciliation process with the Afghan Taliban.

“Given the nature of the reality we are facing, the role of our neighbours, primarily the role of our brothers and sisters here in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, continues to be essential for our ultimate common success in this regard,” Ambassador Mosazai said in Islamabad.

The statement comes amidst a stalemate in the Pakistan-brokered talks between the Afghan government and Taliban, and rising diplomatic tension between the two neighbours following a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

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Referring to the Afghan Taliban as armed opposition, the envoy said his government has created a strong national consensus among all political forces for negotiations and reconciliation with the Taliban.

Commenting on Pak-Afghan relations, Mosazai said there is a consensus between the two countries that “if there is no peace in Afghanistan, there will neither be peace in Pakistan nor in much of the rest of the region.”

“We have been fighting this senseless imposed war not just for ourselves but also on behalf of the entire region,” he added. Further, he called for the unified efforts of the entire region not only to put an end to the ongoing war but also to counter the growing threat of Daesh (Islamic State).

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While referring to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Islamabad in November last year, the ambassador said the visit was a bold, conscious approach to open not just a new chapter but a new book in the bilateral relationship, based on non-interference, mutual respect and shared interests.

“We have more than enough core interests in common — from a common fight against terrorism and extremism, to deeper win-win economic integration and closer people-to-people ties.”

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Regarding the economic integration of the two countries, Mosazai informed the gathering that both countries have made tremendous progress in two projects which have the potential to transform the entire region, namely CASA-1000 and the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Pakistani Dude
    Aug 19, 2015 - 4:27PM

    The Afghan Government should decide its strategy amongst its leaders before placing baseless allegations on Pakistan. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 19, 2015 - 4:28PM

    Mr Ambassador, this should be told to the Indians who are creating turbulence in your country.Recommend

  • nabidad
    Aug 19, 2015 - 5:06PM

    Afghanistan has to sees India as Pakistan sees India. Problem will be solved rapidly. Recommend

  • pakistani
    Aug 19, 2015 - 5:09PM

    get lost all afghans, go to your home country.Recommend

  • Rehan
    Aug 19, 2015 - 7:05PM

    The people within the regime sitting in Kabul are bitterly divided between each other. Ashraf Ghani is going against the grain of the rest of the regime’s opinion by pursuing peace talks, while there is a powerful anti-talks constituency that wants a military solution and is willing to sabotage the peace process to achieve it. That’s why they announced Mullah Omar’s death at such a critical juncture of the peace talks.
    The Kabul regime and the Afghan people must first decide among themselves what they even want regarding the Afghan Taliban insurgency, peace talks or a military solution. They must first reach a consensus across all their constituencies about what they want. Then they should come to Pakistan and tell it what they’ve decided on, so that Pakistan can act accordingly.
    Instead, they think irresponsibly ruining such a delicate peace process and then blaming Pakistan for the consequences is a worthy substitute for a real chance at permanent peace in their own country.Recommend

  • romm
    Aug 19, 2015 - 7:14PM

    Wise Approach Recommend

  • khan
    Aug 19, 2015 - 7:18PM

    Its time you clean your own toilet. Leave us alone n please work on taking back your citizens out of our land or ship them to your brogher India.Recommend

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