“Pakistan’s place on Afghanistan could be very clear: we need to see peace and stability within the nation,” stated Overseas Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday in response to Afghan president’s message on normalisation of bilateral relations through talks.
Talking on the Presidential Palace in Kabul after Eid prayers on Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had despatched a message to Pakistan, saying Afghanistan was “prepared for complete political talks. Peace with Pakistan is in our nationwide agenda”.
Asif, whereas chatting with the media about President Ghani’s message, stated that Pakistan will contribute and play its due position in all of the initiatives taken to that finish [bring peace to Afghanistan]. “We have already got bilateral, trilateral, quadrilateral and multilateral mechanisms for dialogue and interplay with Afghanistan in place — these mechanisms must be utilised to their full potential.”
He added that each side, throughout their current interactions, acknowledged the necessity for cooperation on all fronts — political, army, and intelligence.
Relations between Islamabad and Kabul have principally remained strained, apart from a quick bonhomie at the beginning of President Ghani’s tenure in 2014. The 2 nations have an extended-operating border dispute, with Afghanistan refusing to simply accept the Durand Line as the international border.
Their armies skirmished due to border disputes and Afghanistan’s resistance to Pakistan’s makes an attempt to fence the porous border for checking unauthorised crossings. Each side have additionally squabbled over terrorist sanctuaries accusing one another of harbouring terrorists.
Nevertheless, the 2 nations have recently, underneath the shadows of uncertainty brought on by the USA, taken steps in the direction of a potential rapprochement by means of talks. President Ghani’s assertion on Friday confirms that normalisation efforts have been making regular progress.
Pakistan has persistently supported a political settlement of the Afghan battle.
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