KABUL: The Pakistani government has said that it supported a responsible withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan so advances made in peace would be secured against ‘opportunists.’
Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Zahid Chaudhri, spokesman of Pakistan’s foreign minister, said that a hasty withdrawal of multinational forces from Afghanistan would give an opportunity to those seeking disruption of the Afghan peace process.
There have been some gains in peace talks that need to be sustained and strengthened, Chaudhri said without elaborating on the process’s developments.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in January that the US troops should withdraw from Afghanistan.
The withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan was agreed upon in a peace agreement signed on February 29, 2020, by the United States and the Taliban. In return, the Taliban are asked to cut ties with terrorist groups, particularly al-Qaeda.
White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki earlier said that US President Joe Biden consults whether or not to withdraw troops by May 1, a deadline agreed in the Doha accord. The Taliban, on the other hand, insists on following the deadline for troop withdrawal.