Published: Sun, September 03, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan: Khawaja Asif

Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan: Khawaja Asif

While announcing the new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump excoriated Pakistan, saying "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond". USA officials claim that Pakistan is supporting the Taliban, while Pakistani officials note that the Afghan Taliban have at least as many "safe havens" in Afghanistan, and the United States has been no more successful at stamping out such areas than Pakistan has.

According to sources, Pakistan has been telling Kabul and other stakeholders all along that peace in Afghanistan is not possible through the use of military force.

President Mohamamd Ashraf Ghani on Friday said attacks on religious places was attack on Afghanistan and carried out by miscreants.

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Stressing that the USA would allow it to review the level of its cooperation with Islamabad before making new commitments, the State Department said, "Consistent with our new South Asia strategy, this decision allows us the flexibility to continue reviewing our level of cooperation with Pakistan prior to committing new security assistance resources to projects in Pakistan". If concerns of Pakistan on this account are taken care of then one can expect some positive movement towards peaceful resolution of the longstanding conflict in Afghanistan. "It is vital to the US interests that Pakistan prevents terrorist sanctuaries", the message said. Known as the Durand Line, Afghanistan refuses to accept it as the global border. The political and diplomatic ties saw a new turn when General Qamar Bajwa, Chief of army staff Pakistan, stated that Pakistan does not need to aid given by America but at least the due credit that the nation and its soldiers deserve.

On Sunday, Pakistan's foreign office announced that it had postponed a visit by a US acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells to discuss Washington's new Afghan policy, but at the time did not provide a reason.

The official visits to these states have been finalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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This was the first formal face-to-face interaction between the high-ranking officials from both sides following May 31 deadly truck bombing in Kabul that killed up to 150 people, mostly civilians.

Earlier Ghani in his Eid address at the president house on Friday said, "We want peace which is based on unanimous political views".

"The anti-government armed groups should choose". "Once again I extend the hand of peace to all of them (militant groups) and tell them that peace is the order of God".

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