'Pakistan to continue its role for success of Intra-Afghan peace talks'

'Pakistan to continue its role for success of Intra-Afghan peace talks'

Islamabad (Web Desk): Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said that Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role for the success of the Intra-Afghan Peace talks.

Addressing the inaugural session of Pak-Afghan Bilateral Dialogue in Islamabad, he said that Pakistan is now recognized at the world level as part of solution and not part of problem.

“There is no military solution to the Afghan conflict, FM Qureshi said, adding that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the whole region.

The foreign minister said that Pakistan played a vital role for the peace agreement between US-Taliban in Doha and Intra-Afghan negotiations will also lead sustainable peace.

Expressing concerns over the violence in Afghanistan, FM Qureshi said reduction in violence leading to ceasefire is imperative to move forward.

He stressed that both the Afghan government and the Taliban will have to demonstrate flexibility to reach a settlement.

Expressing concerns over the statements of Afghan vice president and the national security adviser against Pakistan, Qureshi said this blame game must come to an end as it will not help.

“Pakistan could not be held responsible for all the ills in Afghanistan,” FM Qureshi maintained.

He added that there were spoilers inside and outside Afghanistan and both the parties should be fully cognizant of their nefarious designs.

“Pakistan has taken a very clear decision of non-interference and it has no favorites in Afghanistan,” Qureshi said, adding that we have invited every Afghan ethnic group to Pakistan to discuss peace and stability.

The foreign minister further maintained that Pakistan was doing everything possible for the management of the border with Afghanistan. However, he added, an increase in the footprints of Daesh (ISIS) in Afghanistan was a matter of concern.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan has been hosting a sizeable number of Afghan refugees and time has come for their dignified and honorable return to their homeland.