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Blame game must come to an end, says Qureshi expressing concerns over Afghan leadership’s remarks

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has expressed concerns over the statements of the Afghan Vice President and the National Security Adviser against Pakistan, and said that this blame game must come to an end as it will not help.

While addressing the Inaugural Session of the Pak-Afghan Bilateral Dialogue organized by the Regional Peace Institute (RPI) in Islamabad on Monday, the foreign minister said that Pakistan could not be held responsible for all the ills in Afghanistan.

The foreign minister said that there spoilers inside and outside Afghanistan and both the parties should be fully cognizant of their nefarious designs.

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

The foreign minister added that Pakistan is doing everything possible for the management of the border with Afghanistan. He, however, said that the increase in the footprints of Daesh in Afghanistan is a matter of concern.

Expressing concerns over the violence in Afghanistan, he said that the reduction in the violence leading to a ceasefire is imperative to move forward.

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

Qureshi assured that Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role for the success of the Intra-Afghan Peace talks. He 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.

The minister said that Pakistan is now recognized at the world level as part of solution and not part of problem.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. He was of the view that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the whole region.

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