Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday expressed his disappointment over remarks of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in regards to the “negative role” of Islamabad within the Afghan peace course of.
Talking on the Worldwide Convention on South Asia-Central Asia Regional Connectivity-Challenges and Alternatives in Tashkent, Imran Khan mentioned, “To blame Pakistan for what is going on in Afghanistan and Taliban is not fair,” he mentioned.
Imran Khan mentioned Pakistan was a companion in peace and that regional peace and stability have been of utmost significance for enhanced commerce and financial cooperation within the area.
“Afghanistan is natural land bridge between Central Asia and South Asia, and peace in Afghanistan is the most critical factor for regional connectivity,” he mentioned.
Imran Khan mentioned that Pakistan’s foremost precedence is stability in Afghanistan because it instantly impacts the nation.
“Pakistan will continue to support all initiatives for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan,” he mentioned.
“President Ghani, let me just say that the country that will be most affected by turmoil in Afghanistan is Pakistan. Pakistan suffered 70,000 casualties in the last 15 years. The last thing Pakistan wants is more conflict,” he added.
The Pakistan Prime Minister talked concerning the financial loss Pakistan confronted as a result of unrest in Afghanistan.
Khan mentioned Pakistan’s economic system was lastly recovering after going via a tough part. “I repeat, the last thing we want is turbulence in Afghanistan.”
He claimed that no nation has tried tougher than Pakistan to convey the Taliban to the desk for dialogue. “We have made every effort, short of taking military action against the Taliban in Pakistan, to get them on the dialogue table and to have a peaceful settlement [in Afghanistan].
He said that he would not have visited Kabul in November last year if Pakistan was not interested in peace. “The entire thought was to look upon Pakistan as a companion in peace. I really feel upset that we now have been blamed for what’s going on in Afghanistan”.
Referring to the unresolved disputes within the area, he mentioned Kashmir was the core challenge of battle between Pakistan and India. He added that a large potential of cooperation stays untapped due to unresolved disputes within the area.
Ghani had mentioned on the convention that opposite to repeated assurances by Prime Minister Khan and his generals, networks and organizations are supporting the Taliban and are overtly celebrating the destruction of the belongings and capabilities of the Afghan folks and State.
He mentioned there have been assurances from Pakistan that it doesn’t discover a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan in Islamabad’s pursuits and in need of use of pressure, will use its energy and affect to make the Taliban negotiate critically.
Ghani mentioned intelligence estimates point out the inflow of over 10,000 Jihadi fighters from Pakistan and different locations previously month in addition to help from their associates within the transnational terrorist organizations.
There’s a consensus amongst credible worldwide observers that they haven’t taken any steps to sever their relationships with terrorist organizations, Ghani mentioned.
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