Escalation of conflict in Afghanistan not in Pakistan’s interest: PM Imran
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said escalation of conflict and instability in Afghanistan was not in Pakistan’s interest, as it would lead to serious challenges for us in areas of security and influx of refugees.
PM Imran has reaffirmed Pakistan’s consistent support to a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan, while talking to US Special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad.
He said Pakistan would remain closely engaged with the United States and other relevant countries for peace efforts in Afghanistan.
The prime minister said only a negotiated settlement would bring lasting peace and stability to Afghanistan and imposition of a government by force would not lead to resolution of the conflict.
During the meeting, the exchange of views covered the prevailing situation in Afghanistan and the need for expediting the Afghan peace process.
Pakistan welcomes agreement between Afghan govt, Taliban to expedite peace talks
Pakistan has welcomed the ongoing engagement between the two Afghan sides in Doha and termed the issuance of a joint statement at the conclusion of the two-day talks as a positive development.
In a press release, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudri said Pakistan hoped that the Afghan sides would continue their engagement in future in a meaningful manner.
He said Pakistan believed that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and a negotiated political settlement through Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process was the only way forward.
The spokesperson said it would help in reduction of violence, weaken the hands of spoilers and pave the way for establishment of lasting peace in Afghanistan.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a press statement, urged the parties to make good on their commitment to accelerating negotiations and meeting the humanitarian needs of the population. He called upon the international community to unite its efforts in support of the peace process.