Pakistani Pakhtun nationalists convince Ghani to meet Sharif
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani Pakhtun leaders’ visit to Kabul is aimed at persuading President Ashraf Ghani to accept Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s invitation for a meeting, an official revealed on Saturday.
Some months back, relations between Kabul and Islamabad started deteriorating and face-to-face peace talks between the Ghani administration and Taliban were suspended after a series of suicide attacks in Kabul.
Contacts between the neighbouring countries also came to an end. The Heart-of-Asia is scheduled to be held in Islamabad next week. If the important event is not attended by Afghanistan, Pakistan’s reputation could be battered.
A source close to the Afghan government told Pajhwok Afghan News Sharif was trying to meet Ghani during an upcoming international conference in Paris, the capital of France.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11, will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. The moot will be attended by leaders from several countries around the world.
The official, wishing anonymity, disclosed Ghani had rejected the invitation from Sharif on the sidelines of the Paris conference.
Nawaz is believed to have urged British Prime Minister David Cameron to convince Ghani to meet him, but the Afghan leader had rejected the suggestion. Consequently, Pakistan has sent the Pakhtun leaders to Kabul to reconcile Ghani.
The nationalist leaders visiting Kabul include Awami National Party president Asfandyar Wali Khan, ANP central leader Afrasiab Khattak and some other people.
They met Ghani, his predecessor Hamid Karzai and some other officials and participated in a reference in the memory of veteran Pashtun nationalist leader Afzal Khan Lala.
The Pakistani Pakhtun leaders met Sharif before they arrived in Kabul.The government official said Ghani had accepted the invitation to meet Sharif. But it is unclear when and where the two leaders will meet, but there are indications the talks may happen in Paris.
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