Afghan Conflict Has no Military Solution, says Bajwa

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani met with Pakistan army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and Gen. Sir Nick Carter, Britain’s Chief of the Defense Staff in Kabul and discussed peace and some other key issues, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
The statement said that the meeting focused on the peace process, Afghanistan’s ties with Pakistan, Pakistan’s position in the Afghan peace process and ongoing violence in the country.
President Ghani was quoted as saying that the position of countries in the region, particularly Pakistan, was crucial for peace considering to the country’s influence on the Taliban.
President Ghani said that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict. The Taliban’s insistence on a military solution, he said, was unacceptable to Afghans who want fair and lasting peace by negotiations.
He said that the security of both countries was intertwined and that Pakistan must play a sincere role in maintaining a just and lasting peace in the region.
Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa also met with Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR).
According to a statement from Abdullah’s office, Bajwa during the meeting said that they believed there was no military solution in Afghanistan and that the only way to achieve a diplomatic solution was dialogue and consensus on forming an inclusive government.
Abdullah, on his part, said that the Taliban to force a military solution would perpetuate the conflict and fuel public resistance to the movement.
Afghans, neighboring nations, and the rest of the world prefer a stable Afghanistan where the Taliban would be part of it, he said.
According to the statement, both sides emphasized the importance of substantive talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
The source said that Gen. Sir Nick Carter, Britain’s Chief of the Defense Staff was also present during the meeting.