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Pakistan considers Afghan reconciliation process as own success: FM

October 6, 2020

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi has termed that Pakistan considers the success of reconciliation process in Afghanistan as its own success. Addressing a conference at Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday, FM Qureshi assured Pakistan's complete support to the Afghan peace process. He also said Pakistan respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan. He categorically said Pakistan has no favorites in Afghanistan and it does not want to meddle in its internal affairs. Pakistan doesn't believe on policy of interfering Afghanistan's internal affairs. Solution to the any problem cannot be imposed on the Afghan people, he maintained. As the intra Afghan dialogue are continuing, the minister said that Pakistan will accept the will of the people of Afghanistan. He said Pakistan believes that only the Afghan people can determine their future and it cannot be imposed on them. He said all sides will have to work together for a peaceful, prosperous and stable Afghanistan. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the commencement of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban is a unique and historic opportunity for peace in Afghanistan and it must be seized by the Afghan leadership. He said reduction in violence leading to a ceasefire is a necessity for peace in the country. The foreign minister also emphasized the need for greater collaboration between the two countries in different fields to build a common future. Afghan soil will not be used against anyone: Dr Abdullah Addressing a conference at Institute of Strategic Studies, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah said that the soil of Afghanistan will not be used against anyone. Pakistan has played an important role in facilitating the Afghan peace process. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan have paid a heavy price by facing various terror groups that are still acting as spoilers. we need to cooperate against such elements, he mentioned. Abdullah Abdullah said his country will not allow any terror entity to pose a threat to any other nation. He also said the start of negotiations between Afghan government and the Taliban is an important opportunity and offer the best hope to put the war behind us. We have asked our negotiating team to be patient and be ready to make compromises. Pakistan and Afghanistan are facing a serious of common threats and challenges including various shades of terrorism, extremism, intolerance and more recently Covid-19, the chairman said. He said there is a huge untapped security, political, economic potential for cooperation between the two countries.  He stressed for enhanced interaction for a more peaceful and prosperous coexistence. Abdullah Abdullah also thanked Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees saying we share the idea of their dignified return.

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