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Pakistan has key to peace in Afghanistan: MP

Pakistan has key to peace in Afghanistan: MP

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Oct 06, 2011 - 18:58

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): Pakistaninfo-icon has the key to peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon, a legislator said on Thursday, asking Kabulinfo-icon to hold direct negotiations with Islamabad about the reconciliation campaign.

Addressing a gathering in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, Abdul Jabbar Qahraman urged the government to abandon talks with the Talibaninfo-icon. Instead he called for face-to-face meetings with Islamabad.

Backed by the Inter-Services Intelligence, the militants had no power to decide on any issue, including peace dialogue, the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member told the audience, including Governor Gulab Mangal, tribal elders, religious scholars and provincial officials.

Despite hectic efforts by the High Peace Councilinfo-icon, no breakthrough had been achieved thus far, the MP said, adding Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination had raised questions about the whole reconciliation effort.

Governor Mangal said though the ex-president's death had shattered hopes for peace in the country, they would continue with their efforts at stabilising Afghanistan.

"The government will welcome all those who want to join the peace process," he remarked, explaining government officials, elders and scholars had been asked to press on with parley with the fighters at the district level.

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