Imran Khan supports 4-nation push for Afghan peace talks
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s legendary cricketer-turned-politician has supported the four-nation push to resurrect the Afghan-led reconciliation campaign.
Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman, said in an interview: “I think it is a very positive thing. We hope and pray that there is some sort of peace deal, some sort of a power sharing agreement...”
Pakistan and Afghanistan should build mutual trust to jointly tackle the security challenges facing them, Khan stressed in an interview with the Voice of America.
While blaming Pakistan for lacking a consistent policies toward, and meddling in, Afghanistan, he acknowledge there was a lot of bad blood between the neighbours.
Khan asked the Afghan Taliban to sit across the negotiating table with representatives of the government and explore ways of ending the conflict through political means.
He said: “They (the Taliban) must come to the table and they must resolve this dispute through talks. War is never a solution. In fact, war leads to unintended consequences…”
Khan assailed the US for persistently relying on military power to defeat the insurgency, a move discouraging the Taliban from seeking political reconciliation.
Hopeful of Afghan-Pakistan cooperation, the PTI head said: “In future I see a very good relationship between the two countries. I think there is a realisation in Pakistan that mistakes have been made. We feel that we have to correct this bad blood caused...”
He admitted Afghan refugees residing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had lately come under immense pressure from police and some families had been forced to return to their country.
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