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Khan asks Afghans to rein in violence

Khan asks Afghans to rein in violence

Sep 30, 2020 - 10:45

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the Afghan leadership to work together constructively for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

Khan voiced his optimism at a meeting with Afghanistaninfo-icon’s High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in Islamabad late on Tuesday.

Khan welcomed the start of intra-Afghan peace negotiations in Doha, asking Afghan leaders to seize the historic opportunity and work collectively for stabilising their country.

All Afghan parties must work for reduction in violence leading to a ceasefire, the premier stressed, promising that Pakistan would support whatever decision the Afghans took on the future of their country.

In a statement from his office, Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the post-conflict Afghanistan on its path to reconstructioninfo-icon and economic development.

The prime minister also conveyed the visiting dignitary his best wishes for a successful outcome of the Afghan peace process and hoped Abdullah’s trip would help open a new chapter in bilateral relations.

He believed there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that a political settlement was the only way forward. He sounded satisfied with global recognition of his position.

The international community had acknowledged Pakistan’s positive role in facilitating the Afghan peace process, the premier noted.

While hailing the US-Talibaninfo-icon peace pact as a major step forward, he said Pakistan and Afghanistan had immense trade complementarities.

He assured Abdullah Pakistan would continue trying to facilitate the Afghan transit trade, deepen bilateral trade and economic ties and people-to-people exchanges with Afghanistan.

The prime minister said he was looking forward to his visit to Afghanistan in response to President Ashraf Ghani’s invitation.

Earlier in the day, Abdullah also called on Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani. Sanjrani said Pakistan would continue to support efforts for lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The Senate chairman also hosted a luncheon in the honor of Abdullah. Parliamentary leaders, ministers and lawmakers also attended the lunch.



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