ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday said Pakistan wanted the United States and Taliban to exercise restraint and refrain from violence.
Addressing his weekly media briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, while responding to a query regarding cancellation of meeting between the US and Taliban, Mohammad Faisal said, “Pakistan has learnt about cancellation of meeting between US and Taliban at Camp David. Pakistan wants all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from violence.”
He said Pakistan had encouraged and facilitated the Afghan peace process in good faith and, as a shared responsibility, Pakistan shall continue to monitor the situation and urge all parties to return to the negotiation table to take the progress achieved in talks so far to its logical conclusion.
“Secondly, Pakistan has always maintained that the only solution to the Afghan conflict lies in a politically negotiated settlement led and owned by Afghanistan. A military focused approach has failed to render the desired results. We remain hopeful that the peace talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban will be resumed at the earliest and the process will lead to intra-Afghan negotiations which are imperative for finding a durable and sustainable peace in Afghanistan,” he said.
Dr Faisal said Pakistan hoped that the momentum so generated will be maintained by the international stakeholders for a peaceful outcome in Afghanistan.
About the siege in the India occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the FO said the exact reports about Kashmir were not coming out because of the communication blackout. He said it had been 40 days since India launched inhuman military crackdown and clampdown in the Himalayan valley.
He condemned the continuing blatant human rights violations by the Indian forces. He said recent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control had resulted in several injuries.
The spokesman also appreciated the statement of the EU human rights council. He said the EU had encouraged both the parties to engage in dialogue.
“We have repeatedly said the struggle for freedom of Jammu and Kashmir is a long process. Several steps are on the table and we will apprise the nation as they will unfold,” he said.
Pakistan reiterated its support for viable solution of Palestine issue, he said commenting on a query about Palestine.