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Afghan peace a shared responsibility, Pakistan tells US

Afghan peace a shared responsibility, Pakistan tells US

Aug 31, 2015 - 10:12

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Long reviled for its links to militant outfits, the Pakistaninfo-icon Arm has said bringing peace and stability to Afghanistaninfo-icon is a shared responsibility of the international community.

A prestigious Pakistani newspaper quoted an unnamed military official as spurning America’s allegations that Pakistan was not doing enough to deal with the threat from the Haqqani networkinfo-icon.

Soon after US National Security Adviser Susan Rice wrapped up her visit to Islamabad, the security official told Dawn: “It is the responsibility of all sides and stakeholders to work toward peace in Afghanistan.”

Rice reportedly conveyed a list of measures that Pakistan should take to eliminate the threat posed by the Haqqani network and dismantle terror networks on its soil.

At a meeting with Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif, the American advisor raised concerns over the Haqqani network. “There was a frank, candid and intense discussion…. Both sides were open,” the official said.

He obliquely blamed the Afghan government for its role in suspension of peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon, saying Rice had been told the reconciliation process started in Murree on July 7 had stalled.

The fragile peace process was suspended a day before the second round of talks was to be held in Pakistan on July 31 because of the disclosure by Afghan intelligence of Taliban chief Mullahinfo-icon Omar’s death.

While Rice appreciated Pakistan Army’s counter-terrorism operations in the volatile tribal region, both sides agreed on closer coordination in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.



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