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Sharif calls for negotiated end to Afghan conflict

Sharif calls for negotiated end to Afghan conflict

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Oct 07, 2016 - 09:53

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has once again underlined the need for a negotiated settlement of the Afghanistaninfo-icon conflict to ensure stability in the war-devastated neighbour.

At a meeting with NATOinfo-icon Military Committee Chairman General Peter Pavel on Thursday, Sharif recalled his visit to Kabulinfo-icon. “I myself and the chief of army staff visited Afghanistan and assured it of our fullest cooperation,”

He said Pakistan’s civil and military leadership were in touch with Afghan counterparts on facilitating the reconciliation process. “We believe that an Afghan led and Afghan owned reconciliation process is vital to long term peace.”

“We have conveyed to the leadership of Afghanistan that the enemies of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistan and we have stood by our words,” he said.

Pakistan genuinely believed that peace in Afghanistan was crucial to achieving stability in the region, the prime minister said, claiming an ongoing military offensive had broken the back of terrorists.

A statement from Sharif’s office said Gen Pavel appreciated Pakistan’s role in eradicating terrorism in recent years. “The reconstructioninfo-icon and rebuilding process would be worth following.”

Pakistan could play an important role in the region, he believed: “We expect a broader political framework agreement between Pakistan and Nato to unlock further mutual military cooperation.”

Sharif told Pavel: “We have conveyed to the leadership of Afghanistan that the enemies of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistan and we have stood by our words.”

At a separate meeting with Pavel, National Security Advisor (NSA) Lt. General ® Nasser Khan Janjua commended NATO’s efforts towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Janjua briefed his interlocutor on National Action Plan and Operation Zarb-i-Azb aimed at the elimination of terrorism from Pakistan. He called for shifting focus from winning the war to winning peace in the region.

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