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Senators express mixed reaction over Islamabad talks

Senators express mixed reaction over Islamabad talks

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May 29, 2018 - 18:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirgainfo-icon members on Tuesday expressed optimism about the Afghanistaninfo-icon-Pakistaninfo-icon talks on peace, but others held a negative view and termed the recent high-level contacts “a futile exercise.”

Lawmaker Nader Baloch said the Afghan security delegation traveled to Pakistan at a time when Afghanistan was under immense political pressure and propaganda war.

“The visit to Pakistan demonstrates weakness of the unity government leadership who bowed to the Punjabis,” he said.

Baloch wished the government leadership could bow to people and seek their help regarding dispute resolution.

Senator Maulviinfo-icon Muhauddin Munsif said meetings with Pakistani officials would produce no result because Pakistan had been striving how to equip its agents in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan with all these activities wanted to keep the Afghan officials engaged.

Lawmaker Fawzia Sadaat Chamkani said Afghanistan was striving for peace and there should be no complaining regarding the visit of high-level security delegation to Pakistan.

Second Deputy Speaker Mohammad Asif Sediqui hoped the visit of security delegation might produce positive outcome which should be shared with the people through media.

First Deputy Speaker Mohammad Alam Ezidyar said: “Unfortunately we had no positive outcome from such past such visits and we think the current meeting may produce no results as well.”

He alleged Pakistan was deceiving the Afghan government with such meetings and wanted to keep engaged those who had already acknowledged the interference of Pakistan.

A powerful Afghan delegation headed by National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar traveled to Islamabad two days back and held two separate meetings with Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Bajwa and discussed the implementation of Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).

The Afghan side was accompanied by National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) Chief Masoum Stanikzai, Army Chief Gen. Yaftali and Interior Minister Wais Barmak.

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