ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah
Mahmood Qureshi says that Pakistan will continue to play its
constructive role for the success of Intra-Afghan Peace talks.
Addressing the inaugural session of Pak-Afghan Bilateral Dialogue in
Islamabad on Monday, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan is
now recognized at the world level as part of solution and not part of
problem. He said there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
He said 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, the Foreign
Minister 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, he said this blame
game must come to an end as it will not help. He said Pakistan could
not be held responsible for all the ills in Afghanistan.
He said that there spoilers inside and outside Afghanistan and both the
parties should be fully cognizant of their nefarious designs.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has taken a very clear decision
of non-interference and it has no favorites in Afghanistan. He said we
have invited every Afghan ethnic group to Pakistan to discuss peace
The Foreign Minister said Pakistan is doing everything possible for the
management of border with Afghanistan. He, however, said increase
in the footprints of Daesh in Afghanistan is a matter of concern.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has been hosting a sizeable
number of Afghan refugees and time has come for their dignified and
honorable return to their homeland.