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We have no favourites in Afghanistan: Qureshi

We have no favourites in Afghanistan: Qureshi

Sep 29, 2020 - 16:17

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon on Tuesday promised stout support for the Afghan peace process, saying it wanted to be friends, not masters.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held out the promise while addressing a conference at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad.

The chairman of Afghanistaninfo-icon's High Council for National Reconciliation Dr Abdullah, who is currently in Pakistan on a three-day official visit, was also in attendance.

A day meeting Abdullah, Qureshi told the audience that security and stability was what both nations needed. “Our security and stability is inter-linked.”

Pakistan had no favourites in Afghanistan and did not want to meddle in internal affairs of the neighbouring country, the minister explained. “We respect your sovereignty, your independence and your territorial integrity.”

In his message to the people of Afghanistan, Qureshi said Pakistan would accept whatever consensus was evolved through the Doha negotiations.

Quoting former president Ayub Khan’s book, the foreign minister said it was important for Pakistan to be "friends, not masters" of Afghanistan.

Qureshi reiterated that a political settlement was the only solution for putting an end to the conflict in Afghanistan.


"A realisation has evolved there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. Today there is recognition that a negotiated political settlement is the best way forward."

Peace was central to promoting trade and investment between the two countries, the minister said, calling for bilateral cooperation and understanding.


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