FO says India has no role in Afghan peace-process

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17 Jan, 2019 5:08 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal has categorically stated that India has no role to play in Afghanistan peace process.

This was stated by the FO spokesman during his weekly press briefing on Thursday. He said that solution to the Afghan conflict lies in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Pakistan facilitated direct talks between US, Taliban

To a question, he said in pursuance of that Pakistan has facilitated direct talks between the US and the Taliban. The FO said we remain convinced that an intra-Afghan dialogue will lead to bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Dr Faisal said in our view, the intra-Afghan dialogue is crucial for success and sustainability of peace process in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan will continue to support and facilitate Afghan peace process in good faith and as part of shared responsibility.

FO confirms PM visit to Qatar

During the visit, the FO said PM Imran Khan will call on Amir of Qatar and hold meeting with his Qatari counterpart to discuss issues of mutual interest. He also said that the premier will also discuss the issue of exporting Pakistani manpower to Qatar.

Zalmay Khalilzad in Pakistan for Afghan peace process

To a question, Dr Faisal said US President’s Special Representative on Peace and Reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is in Islamabad and he will have meetings with the Pakistani leadership today to advance the Afghan peace process.

He said according to our understanding, Zalmay Khalilzad spent last two days in Kabul for conversation with the Afghan leadership on the subject. To a question, the spokesperson categorically stated that India has no role to play in Afghanistan.

Saudi Prince to sign MoU during visit in Pakistan

To another question, the Dr Muhammad Faisal said that his Royal Highness Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Salman will pay a visit to Pakistan next month and dates of his visit are being worked out.

He said both the sides are actively pursuing to finalize the agreements and the memorandums of understanding for signing during the upcoming visit.

Pakistan to support Kashmir against Indian atrocities

Touching upon the Kashmir issue, the FO spokesman said that Pakistan continues to lend a strong political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of the Indian-held Jammu Kashmir (IHK) who are bearing the brunt of unabated Indian atrocities.

He said we strongly condemn the use of pallet guns and so-called search and cordon operations by the Indian forces against the innocent Kashmiris. He further said the occupation forces in a new low are resorting to firing even on funerals and even the dead persons are not finding peace in IHK.

D r Faisal said Pakistan’s missions across the world continue to raise these gross human rights violations by Indian occupation forces with their interlocutors at the United Nations and other forums.

Replying to a quarry about mal-treatment of a Pakistani diplomat by India, the FO said an official of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi was detained on baseless charges and forced to sign a note. He was allowed to leave after Pakistan lodged a strong protest.

The spokesperson said allowing such incidents violates the Vienna Convention on Consular and diplomatic norms. He said all these issues need to be resolved through diplomatic channels based on the agreement between the two countries.

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