Pakistan cautions against spoilers of Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office has said that Pakistan has welcomed the resumption of direct talks between the United States and Taliban; however, it’s also important to remain watchful of the role of spoilers who do not wish to see an end to the Afghan conflict.

“We have always held that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. We hope that the peace process is concluded soon and it leads to an intra-Afghan dialogue and reduction of violence,” the Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in his weekly briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Thursday.

“We will continue to support all peaceful efforts in this regard, as we have done in the past,” he added.

Declining to comment on assertions of some officials from the Bush and Obama administration as published in Washington Post that Pakistan has been playing a double game with the US since 2002, the Spokesperson said that our policy regarding Afghanistan is clear and Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated it several times, that there can only be a political solution to the Afghan conflict.

“It is heartening to note that all the global powers are now coming to this conclusion as well,” he remarked.

In reply to a question, Dr Faisal said that the 19th SAARC Summit is going to be held in Islamabad.

Dr Faisal said that all South Asian Countries except India expressing their desire and high hope regarding the holding of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad.

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