Sharif may play vital role in peace deal: Waqad
KABUL (PAN): Members of the High Peace Council (HPC) are optimistic that Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could play a vital role in brokering a peace deal between the Karzai administration and the Taliban, a newspaper reported on Monday.
Qazi Amin Waqad, a senior member of HPC, told the Express Tribune: “We are hopeful that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will help in promoting the peace process in Afghanistan. He dismissed the impression that dividing Afghanistan had been Pakistan’s policy.
“We should not doubt Pakistan’s intentions because this leads to mistrust. Instead we need to bridge the trust deficit,” he said, rejecting President Karzai's allegation that Islamabad had suggested a power-sharing between Kabul and the Taliban.
Waqad said: “I was disappointed by Karzai’s remarks. Afghanistan has neither been divided in the past nor will it be in the future.” he said, adding the council pinned high hopes on Sharif's role in Afghan peace and reconciliation.
The peace negotiator recalled Sharif's contribution to brokering the Islamabad Peace Accord in 1993, when he handed over his office to senior jihadi leaders for 12 days and provided his special plane to fly the Afghan leaders to Saudi Arabia for sealing the deal there.
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