Pakistan wasted good chances for Afghan peace: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his visit to Germany, has said Afghanistan suffered a lot due to the undeclared war from Pakistan and the first step by Islamabad should be an end to the situation.
Ghani, who met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, discussed with her the Afghan peace process and regional cooperation needed for stability in Afghanistan, a statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.
The president said the Afghan peace process should be evaluated keeping in view three basic facts --- the undeclared war from Pakistan and the resulting damage.
Ghani said the second problem was the Taliban whose leadership had been divided into several factions and steps should be taken to bring the various factions to the negotiating table and make them lay down arms.
He said the third issue was international terrorism that needed joint regional fight, effective participation and quick information sharing.
About his meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Paris, the Afghan leader said he made it clear that Pakistan had not been cooperative as required during the past one year in efforts for peace and in meeting Afghanistan’s demands and as a result, many good chances for peace were wasted.
After deadly attacks rocked Kabul and some other major cities earlier this year, Kabul declared it would not trust Islamabad’s sincerity until it stops supporting terrorists and dismantles their safe havens.
The first direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government took place in July this year, brokered by Pakistan. However, the second round of talks was cancelled by the Taliban after the death of their supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
During meetings between President Ghani and German officials, the two sides agreed to hold talks through video conferences after every three months about Afghanistan’s security and development.
At her joint press conference with Ghani, Merkel said Afghanistan was moving in the right direction and she talked with the Afghan president about accelerating the peace process and joint fight against terrorism and intelligence sharing.