Pakistan not an honest peace broker, says Abdullah
Addressing a cabinet meeting, Abdullah said: “We have heard the speech of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who said that his government cannot bring the Taliban to the negotiating table and be asked at the same time to kill them.”
In response to Sharif’s remarks, Abdullah said it was not possible to trust Pakistan as an honest peace broker in Afghanistan. Islamabad had long been aiding the militants, he alleged.
During his recent visit to Washington, Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan’s willingness to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, but he explained he could not kill the militants and bring them to peace talks simultaneously.
However, Abdullah said Pakistan’s honesty could be proven when it stopped supporting and financing the insurgents -- along-running issue that Pakistan has been dragging its feet on.
“We want peace as Afghans have been trying for decades to achieve the goal, but we failed, because the other side (Pakistan) has no intention to be honest in this process,” the CEO claimed.
He hoped the militants would understand that Afghanistan was sincere in peace negotiations. He said no any country could get any benefit from fueling insecurity in Afghanistan.
A day earlier, some Meshrano Jirga (Senate) members criticised Sharif’s remarks about the Afghan peace process and asked the government to change its policy toward the neighbouring country.
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