Pakistan postpones peace conference on Afghanistan

Pakistan postpones peace conference on Afghanistan


Islamabad: Pakistan postponed on Friday the two-day peace conference in Afghanistan originally scheduled for Saturday in Islamabad.

Before announcing the postponement of the peace conference, Prime Minister Imran Khan held a delegation-level meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the “Central and South Asia 2021: Regional Connectivity: Challenges and Opportunities” in the capital of Uzbekistan. talks.

It is now expected that the meeting will be held after Eidul Azha.

Earlier today, Pakistan and Afghanistan held delegation-level talks during the “Central and South Asia 2021: Regional Connectivity: Challenges and Opportunities” meeting between the two governments in the capital of Uzbekistan. Afghan President Ashraf leads Ghani.

Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan asked Afghanistan to treat Pakistan as a “partner for peace” instead of blaming it for the continued unrest, which he said was “the result of the US using a military solution rather than a political solution.”

“It is extremely unfair to blame Pakistan for what happened in Afghanistan. Peace in Afghanistan is our top priority,” the prime minister responded to the “Central and South Asian Regional Connectivity and Challenges” held by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Conference Center. And opportunity” said in a speech at the conference.

The Prime Minister refuted President Ghani’s statement that Pakistan “does not support peace” and categorically stated that Pakistan does not want turmoil in its neighboring countries because peace is in its own interests.

“Mr. Ghani, I want to show you that Pakistan will be the last country to consider supporting the turmoil and unrest in Afghanistan,” he said.

The Prime Minister stated that Pakistan will continue to support Afghanistan’s reconciliation and urged Afghan stakeholders and the international community to intensify their efforts to “resolve through political negotiations.”

He mentioned that because of the decades-long conflict in Afghanistan, Pakistan faces huge economic instability and 70,000 casualties.

He said that as Pakistan’s economy is recovering after going through a difficult phase, the country hopes that the surrounding area will be peaceful to ensure the completion of development projects to improve the entire region.

Imran Khan said that Pakistan has made every effort for peace in Afghanistan, including bringing the Taliban to the dialogue table. However, he said that the right time to negotiate with the Taliban is before the U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan.

He pointed out, “Why should the Taliban listen to Pakistan when they succeed after withdrawal,” he pointed out, adding that the United States has always insisted on resolving the conflict in Afghanistan by military means.

He said that Pakistan has taken in more than 3 million Afghan refugees and is unable to withstand the refugee wave after further turmoil.

On Thursday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zahid Hafiz Chaudhry said that the two-day peace conference in Afghanistan will be held in Islamabad on Saturday.

The spokesperson said that peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s interest, because any security situation in neighboring countries directly affects our own security. He said that saboteurs should not be allowed to take advantage of any security vacuum in Afghanistan.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that Pakistan has taken in more than 3 million Afghan refugees for decades, and it is now impossible to accept more refugees.

He said that regional economic activities and interconnection are vital to regional peace and prosperity, which are directly related to the peace of Afghanistan.

In response to a question, he said that Pakistan hopes to reopen the Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing with Afghanistan to facilitate the cross-border movement of people.

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