Pakistan calls upon Afghan leaders to craft a way forward

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16th Aug, 2021. 01:48 pm
Zahid Hafeez

Pakistan on Monday called upon the Afghan leaders to work together to address the evolving situation and craft a way forward for sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said “Pakistan has consistently emphasized that a political solution is indispensible. Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role in promoting this goal”.

The spokesperson noted that achieving lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and bringing an end to the four-decades long conflict is a shared responsibility of the international community.

“We hope that our collective efforts will help bring lasting peace, progress and prosperity to Afghanistan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a meeting with a political delegation of Afghanistan’s leaders led by Muhammad Younas Qanooni.

In a tweet, foreign minister during the meeting stressed that all stakeholders aimed for a peaceful, united, democratic, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

“It is important that we closely coordinate our next steps for the benefit of Afghanistan and the region. There is clear international convergence in support of the peace and reconciliation process and it is critical for Flag of Afghanistan leaders to unite for an inclusive and comprehensive political settlement,” he added.

Qureshi further reiterated that Pakistan was very clear on the issue.

“We believe that a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward. We do not wish to see the continued cycle of civil war and want the people of Afghanistan to thrive, not simply survive,” he stressed.

“We hope that all Afghan leaders work together in the supreme national interest of the country and Pakistan will continue to play a constructive and facilitative role. The international community must remain engaged with Afghanistan,” Qureshi maintained.

He stated that Pakistan was committed to continue playing a positive role for regional peace and stability.

“Pakistan is extending full cooperation to foreign missions, international organisations and media outlets for temp relocation or repatriation of staff,” he added.

He also informed that Pakistan’s mission in Kabul was fully functional and providing consular services with a special facilitation cell established at the interior ministry.

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