Time for exercising military option yet to come, Pakistan believes
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok):Military action against the Taliban refusing to join the Afghan peace process remains an option but the time for it has not yet come, a Pakistani official has said.
Last week’s visit to Karachi by a three-member team from the Taliban’s Qatar office failed to produce any tangible progress towards the resumption of Afghan peace talks.
The newspaper quoted one unnamed senior official as saying about the visit: “The Taliban did not say no… they are now introspecting and reassessing the situation.”
If the Ashraf Ghani administration demonstrated greater clarity in its stance on the peace dialogue, the official believed, the Taliban could be brought back to the negotiating table.
Ghani has hardened his stance on reconciliation after a recent attack in Kabul that left scores of people dead and hundreds wounded. He has called for action against the Taliban, having safe haven in Pakistani.
In response, Aziz ruled out the use of force against the Taliban, saying it was not feasible and reconciliation efforts needed to be given more time.“Our position has been that the military option has been tried for 14 years, but has failed...”
The roadmap evolved by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) includes a strategy for dealing with the Taliban if they stay away from negotiations.
However, Pakistan thinks believe things have not yet reached that point. It contends any future course of action will have to be determined by the four-nation group through consensus.
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