Pakistan seeks political resolution to Afghan battle

ISLAMABAD  –   Pakistan and the USA yesterday agreed to maneuver ahead collectively to realize peace in Afghanistan.

The 2-way delegation stage consultative assembly between Pakistan and the US on Afghanistan was held on the Overseas Workplace right here. The US delegation was led by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad whereas Extra Secretary Ministry of Overseas Affairs Aftab Khokhar headed the Pakistani facet.

The US delegation comprised representatives of Defence and State Departments whereas senior officers from ministries of defence and international affairs participated for Pakistan.

Through the assembly, problems with mutual curiosity together with bilateral ties, regional peace scenario, and Afghan peace course of got here below dialogue, mentioned a international ministry assertion.

Extra Secretary Aftab Khokhar mentioned that Pakistan will proceed taking part in its mediatory position in institution of peace within the area, together with Afghan peace course of, as a part of the imaginative and prescient of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“Pakistan has suggested all the perimeters to maneuver in the direction of political decision of the problem with a view to finish the many years’ lengthy battle within the area,” the assertion mentioned.

Different officers mentioned that the 2 nations agreed that there was no choice however to cooperate to resolve the Afghanistan challenge.  “The 2 sides agreed to work collectively. Pakistan assured all help for the Afghan peace,” one official instructed The Nation.

One other official mentioned the US urged Pakistan to enhance the understanding with Afghanistan to make the peace course of a actuality.

Ambassador Khalilzad appreciated Pakistan’s pivotal position for institution of tolerating peace within the area. He mentioned the US wanted Pakistan’s assist for peace in Afghanistan.

Overseas Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal mentioned that within the talks with Khalilzad’s crew its delegation reiterated Pakistan’s dedication for Afghan peace. “It inspired all sides to comply with seize the second to finish the extended battle by means of a political settlement,” Faisal added.

Earlier, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Islamabad to attend a bilateral Pak-US consultative assembly, throughout his two-week peace mission to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Belgium, Germany, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to finish the long-running Afghan conflict.

Concerning the assembly between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Makkah, Khalilzad tweeted: “It’s going to enhance relations between the 2 nations.”

He mentioned the assembly may even assist to implement and capitalise alternatives for regional connectivity, integration and growth. Khalilzad mentioned the USA stands prepared to help Afghan peace course of.

Over the weekend, Taliban mentioned the insurgents is not going to name a ceasefire any time quickly, at the same time as a US envoy was heading to the area for a recent spherical of peace talks.

In a uncommon and defiant message forward of what could be the seventh spherical of current negotiations, Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada mentioned international forces in Afghanistan had been ‘condemned to defeat’ – however   added the insurgents would proceed talks with the US. The Taliban’s battle “and resistance towards the occupation is nearing the stage of success, Allah keen.”

Final week, former president Hamid Karzai mistakenly declared the Taliban had introduced a brand new ceasefire after listening to an outdated message the insurgents had put out final 12 months.

Karzai’s announcement unleashed a quick spell of confusion throughout the nation, with media retailers firing off tweets and breaking information stories asserting the alleged truce.

The insurgents, believing they’ve main leverage on the navy entrance, have rejected widespread requires a ceasefire. “Nobody ought to count on us to pour chilly water on the heated battlefronts of jihad (holy conflict) or neglect our 40-year sacrifices earlier than reaching our targets.” mentioned Akhundzada, who has led the Taliban since his predecessor Akhtar Mansour was killed in a 2016 US drone strike.

Final 12 months, the Taliban noticed a three-day ceasefire over Eid and lots of Afghans – exhausted by many years of conflict and violence – had pinned their hopes on one other truce this 12 months.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had proposed a nationwide ceasefire at first of Ramazan early final month, however the Taliban rejected the provide.

In Washington, the State Division mentioned Zalmay Khalilzad – the Afghan-born US diplomat tasked with making an attempt to carry America’s longest conflict to an finish – on Friday left for a 17-day journey to Qatar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Germany, Belgium and the UAE.

Khalilzad mentioned he believed the peace course of was progressing, despite the fact that the final spherical of talks ended with the 2 sides at obvious loggerheads over when the US may pull its troops from Afghanistan.

“We’ve made substantial progress during the last month. On this journey, I need to take that momentum and speed up the Afghan peace course of,” he maintained.

Khalilzad added that he was optimistic about talks, and known as for events to point out “flexibility.” He’ll communicate with the Taliban within the Qatari capital Doha, the place the 2 sides have repeatedly met.

Regardless of some progress, with each side believed to have agreed on numerous facets of a proposed deal, violence between the Taliban and US-backed Afghan authorities forces has continued unabated.

A significant sticking level stays the refusal of the Taliban to barter with Ghani’s authorities, which enjoys worldwide help.

Regardless of some progress, with each side believed to have agreed on numerous facets of a proposed deal, violence between the Taliban and US-backed Afghan authorities forces has continued unabated.


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