Walk the talk on peace process, Islamabad told
KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamabad should translate into action its promises to fight against terrorism and promoting good neighbourly relations with Kabul, an Afghan diplomat says.
Sayed Abdul Naser Yousafi, in a meeting with a delegation of Afghan journalists in Islamabad, urged the neighbour to take effective steps for cooperation with Afghanistan in different fields.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Yousafi said that Islam wants its followers to be good neighbours. Afghanistan always tried to have good relations with Pakistan, he insisted.
If Pakistan was honest in holding out cooperation pledges to Afghanistan, it must walk the talk to conclusively demonstrate its sincerity, the consular maintained.
He confirmed some issues between the two sides, but said he had been in contract with Islamabad to resolve the problems. He has shared the issue of increased tax on Afghan fruit exports with the relevant Pakistani officials.
He stressed a proper transport system between the two countries was vital to improving relations and said the role of media was also important in making shaping public perceptions.
About the resumption of peace talks with the Taliban, Yousafi said he had not received any message from Kabul in this regard. The first round of face-to-face peace talks was held in Murree some months ago.
The second round of negotiations was scheduled to be held in China or Pakistan on July 30, but it was suspended after the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death.
After the suspension of peace talks, hundreds of Afghan people have suffered casualties as result of bombings, suicide attacks and armed clashes in Kabul and other provinces of the country.
Following a series of violent incidents, President Ghani announced no Afghan official would participate in Pakistan-sponsored peace negotiations.
For its part, Islamabad has repeatedly offered to help resume the process if Kabul and Taliban desire so. But Kabul says the talks will resume if Islamabad stops aiding the insurgent group.
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