ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday warned once again against the destructive role that is destructive, inside and outside Afghanistan.
He was speaking with Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who summoned him to discuss the peace process during his three-day official visit.
Apart from undermining peace and stability, the prime minister underlined that this could also undermine the peace gains to be made in terms of the progress and prosperity of the Afghan people.
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PM Imran expressed his best wishes for the successful outcome of the Afghanistan peace process. He reiterated his old position that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that an Afghanistan-led and owned peace process is the only way forward.
He noted that the intra-Afghan negotiations provided a historic opportunity for the Afghan leadership to build lasting peace.
Underscoring the positive contribution made by Pakistan to facilitating the Afghan peace process, the prime minister hopes that the Afghan parties will work to secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution.
Referring to the huge potential in bilateral trade, transit and connectivity between the two countries, the prime minister reiterated Afghanistan’s full support from Pakistan for reconstruction and economic development and the dignified return of Afghan refugees.
He said Pakistan would continue to facilitate person-to-people exchanges, promote Afghan investment, and enhance programs for human resource development and capacity building for Afghans, especially in the education and health sectors.
Hekmatyar appreciated Pakistan’s positive role in facilitating the Afghan peace process and thanked Pakistan for its long-standing contributions to Afghanistan’s socio-economic development and to hosting millions of Afghan refugees over the past four decades.
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