Pakistan has some influence on Taliban but no control over them: Aziz

Published: October 28, 2015
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Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: FILE

Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: FILE

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Wednesday Pakistan has some influence on Taliban but it had no control over them.

“It was up to the Afghan government to resume talks with Taliban and our job is just of a facilitator, Aziz said, according to Radio Pakistan.

The premier’s top aide reiterated that both the United States and Pakistan fully supported the Afghan reconciliation process. “The international community has concerns about the Afghan issue and no world power wants war in Afghanistan. Pakistan and the US want resumption of talks between the Afghan government and Taliban,” he said.

Afghan chief executive casts doubt on Pakistan’s role in peace process

However, he also added it was up to the Afghan government to decide whether they wanted the same or not. “The Afghan government has not yet approached Pakistan regarding contacts with Taliban,” Aziz said.

He also maintained that Pakistan’s stance was very clear that its soil would not be used against any country.

Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership concurred on Tuesday that ‘willingness and seriousness’ of the Afghan government is necessary for the resumption of the peace talks stalled by the confirmation of death of Afghan Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Omar earlier this year.

Civil, military leaders discuss Afghan peace

However, Afghanistan Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah has said he has suspicions over Pakistan’s role in the peace process after PM Nawaz Sharif’s ‘refusal’ to act against Afghan Taliban.

He was commenting on the premier’s remarks that Pakistan could not bring Taliban to the negotiating table “and be asked to kill them at the same time.”

“We heard Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif clearly on fight and peace talks with Taliban. If Pakistan cannot fight insurgency, we cannot trust they would not support insurgents,” he said while addressing Afghan Council of Ministers on Tuesday. “We are not sure they will encourage the Taliban to peace.”

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Reader Comments (15)

  • bala
    Oct 28, 2015 - 3:45PM

    This cat and mouse game must stopRecommend

  • Appan
    Oct 28, 2015 - 4:17PM

    Is it admission of guilt? Is it not a “Good Taliban”?Recommend

  • SHAH
    Oct 28, 2015 - 4:21PM

    What is he saying, that he has some influence on Taliban..; ?? what ?? this person has influence on talibans who are citizens of afghanistan ??? as there are no talibans of Pakistan.. they are all afghanis. .. He should keep his mouth shut if he does not know what to say.. rather keep rolling in feet of nawaz sharif.. that what he does best. Recommend

  • cautious
    Oct 28, 2015 - 5:13PM

    How does one gain “some influence” over Afghan terrorist? Answer that and you will understand why Pakistan has a terrible international reputation. Pakistan has yet to figure out that it’s Afghan policy has been an abject failure and the only way to repair that relationship is to drop all ties to the terrorist who are trying to remove their elected govt. Nobody needs you to be a facilitator – they need you to be a responsible neighbor and quit supporting the Afghan Taliban.Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Oct 28, 2015 - 5:17PM

    @Appan:
    Pakistan always had some sort of influence on Taliban hence US and Afghans look towards us for any peace negotiations with them. Whole world including every Pakistani knows about that so i am surprised about your excitement especially all you guys do, is read and comment on our local newspapers. :) Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Oct 28, 2015 - 5:18PM

    And you blame India for every attack in Pakistan even when ttp claimed responsibility..Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2015 - 6:07PM

    I don’t know why our officials in the very seat of Foreign Relations is having so weaker stance. Who don’t know how our establishment controlled media released the death of Taliban supremo in a time when they wanted to sabotage the dialogue. And at the same time things were getting worse on the other side of the Durand line, particularly in Kabul and rest of the country. Then how would we say the Afghan President statement “Pakistan should clean its soil of the Taliban who are fighting in Afghanistan” is only a blame. Don’t we know, doesn’t foreign media and right groups as well as the drone photography see the movement of Taliban from the Balochistan, FATA, Khyber Pashtunkhwa based sanctuaries? No doubt even at this time the Quetta based houses are filled with these little boys having bearly mostaches on their face tied turbans trained for Afghan side war. If Zarb e Azb is enough to clear TTP like organizations then why not they say a good by to Afghan Taliban? It’s us not ending it. Recommend

  • Not an Afghani
    Oct 28, 2015 - 6:23PM

    Afghanis are the only breed on earth who were misused and dumped by their friends, enemies, and neighbors. And the only creature who ought to eliminate themselves by relying on them. They have to realize on to themselves and start a new beginning.Recommend

  • Anjaan
    Oct 28, 2015 - 6:36PM

    If Pakistan indeed has no control on the Taliban, then why is the US wasting billions of dollars on Pakistan, and what is the point in Afghanistan getting into intelligence sharing with the ISI … ?? Recommend

  • shank
    Oct 28, 2015 - 6:54PM

    Do not understand the Pakistan government and people? Their NS comes out and says they have ‘influence’ over the Taliban. Former military dictator accepts they trained LeT. They hate India, blame RAW for every act without a single proof presented and do not want to discuss terrorism rather Kashmir. Does any of this make sense to common people or are consumed by blind hate towards hindu India. Would people stand up and say no to all this but I doubt it since the Taliban enjoyed widespread support in Pakistan a decade ago. Cant speak of LeT since ordinary citizens do not care as they dont harm them rather someone who they do not like. Only when they started targeting the cities the narrative changed.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 28, 2015 - 6:58PM

    Isn’t this the same FO Sartaz Aziz who some time back suggested that Pakistan should not attack those militant terrorist groups (Good Taliban!) who do not attack Pakistan?Recommend

  • Alien1
    Oct 28, 2015 - 7:55PM

    bulldoze a house and then complain you should not have built the house there…typical aziz.Recommend

  • abhi
    Oct 28, 2015 - 8:58PM

    on the other hand Taliban have both influence and control over Pakistan.Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 28, 2015 - 9:37PM

    @Malatesh:

    India just doesn’t have influence on ‘TTP’ but they control them as well.Recommend

  • khattak
    Oct 29, 2015 - 12:04AM

    Is it safe to say that we have some influence over those who massacred kids in Army Public School Peshawar? TTP uses Afghan Taliban letterheads & has bait at the hands of Islamic Emirates of Taliban. Are we committing crimes & genocide against our own people by keeping so called “influence” over Taliban? Recommend

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