ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday welcomed release of Prof Kevin King and Prof Timothy Weeks, of America and Australia respectively, in Afghanistan.
“Pakistan welcomes release of Profs Kevin King and Timothy Weeks in Afghanistan. We appreciate the steps taken by all involved to make it possible,” Imran Khan said in a tweet.
as part of its policy of supporting initiatives for a negotiated political settlement of the Afghan conflict. We hope this step gives a boost of confidence to all parties involved to re-engage in the peace process. Pakistan remains committed to facilitating this peace process.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 19, 2019
He said as part of the international community working to bring peace and end the suffering of the Afghan people, Pakistan had fully supported and facilitated this release, as part of its policy of supporting initiatives for a negotiated political settlement of the Afghan conflict.
“We hope this step gives a boost to confidence of all the parties involved to re-engage in the peace process. Pakistan remains committed to facilitating this peace process,” he said.
BBC News has quoted Taliban sources as saying that the hostages were released in exchange for three senior militants.
On Oct 28, PM Imran Khan had reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast and sincere support to Afghan peace and reconciliation process.
He was talking to US Special Representative to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad who called on him in Islamabad.
The prime minister had also underlined the need to overcome difficulties in this regard so that an enduring political solution to Afghan conflict could be achieved at the earliest.
Imran Khan had stressed that it was important for all sides to take practical steps for checking violence in Afghanistan.
He had said it was equally important to guard against the negative narratives and efforts by any quarter to undermine the progress made so far through painstaking efforts.