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No talks with Daesh, foreign terrorists, says Zakhilwal

No talks with Daesh, foreign terrorists, says Zakhilwal

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Dec 16, 2017 - 09:06

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s Ambassador to Pakistaninfo-icon Dr. Omar Zakhilwal has supported peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon to end the ongoing war.

“Peace cannot be brokered under duress, but it needs good and positive intentions because there is no other way to resolve the conflict but to negotiate peace,” he said.

In an interview with Voice of America on Friday, the diplomat said: “To talk peace, we need to identify the enemy, his intentions and his goals.”

As Afghanistan struggles to establish durable peace, the ambassador claimed the insurgent movement had largely devolved into groups of criminals and terrorists.

“The Taliban today are not the Taliban of Mullahinfo-icon Omar because they had some religious commitments and certain values,” he remarked. At present, he alleged, the Taliban included drug barons.

Zakhilwal said a foreign hand was also involved in the conflict. All the elements had to be scrutinised and dealt with accordingly, he added.

However, he ruled out peace with Daesh (Islamic State) and other foreign terrorists such as Turkmen, Uzbek, Chechen, Arab, Chinese and Russians fighters active in the country.

Suggesting a gradual improvement in Kabulinfo-icon-Islamabad relations, Zakhilwal said a delegation led by the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon speaker would be visiting Pakistan later in the month.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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