- FO says Pakistan and China are dedicated to facilitating and supporting Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation course of.
- Says Pakistan has no intention to downgrade diplomatic relations with Afghanistan.
- FO says Pakistan believes in sustaining shut, cooperative and brotherly relations with Afghanistan.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed the primary go to of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Baradar to China saying Beijing as a neighbouring nation of Afghanistan has an necessary position to play within the Afghan peace course of, reported The Information on Friday.
“Pakistan is a close and brotherly neighbour of Afghanistan, and the only country that has consistently emphasised that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict,” stated International Workplace (FO) spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri in his weekly media briefing.
A delegation of Afghan Taliban just lately held discussions with the Chinese language management in Beijing the place they assured them that Afghanistan’s soil won’t be used towards any nation.
He identified that Pakistan had been supporting and facilitating the peace course of for reaching an inclusive intra-Afghan political settlement. “All neighbours of Afghanistan, including China, have been supporting a political resolution of the Afghan conflict.
“Pakistan and China are committed to facilitating and supporting Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process”, he added.
To a question about rhetoric from India about Mullah Baradar’s China go to, the spokesman responded, “Unfortunately, India is among the spoilers of the peace process and this Indian thinking is also reflected by its continued opposition to the Afghan peace process and the efforts being made by the international community in this regard.”
‘No intention to downgrade Kabul relationship’
Chaudhri additionally informed the reporters that Pakistan has no intention of downgrading its relationship with Afghanistan in view of the Afghan envoy’s daughter’s alleged abduction.
“Pakistan has no intention to downgrade diplomatic relations with Afghanistan despite the recent case of the daughter of the Afghan ambassador, which compelled Kabul to recall its ambassador and other senior diplomats from Islamabad,” he stated.
“Regarding the possibility of the downgrading of diplomatic relations with Afghanistan, Pakistan believes in maintaining close, cooperative and brotherly relations with Afghanistan. There is no plan to downgrade our diplomatic relations with Afghanistan”, the spokesman responded.
Concerning the reported abduction of the Afghan ambassador’s daughter, he stated an intensive investigation was performed. Over 700 hours of video footage from over 300 CCTV cameras was examined. Greater than 200 witnesses have been interviewed by the safety personnel.
“While a significant progress has been made in this case, we believe that the cooperation of Afghan ambassador and his daughter is critical in concluding the investigation”, he stated.
Unfavorable statements by some components, who are usually not consultant of the individuals of Afghanistan, the spokesman identified, can’t be allowed to adversely impression this necessary relationship significantly at this essential juncture of the continuing Afghan peace course of.