Afghan sides must work for cut in violence: Pakistani premier


KABUL: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday urged the Afghan leadership to bring about an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement through working jointly.

At a meeting with Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Chairman Abdullah Abdullah in Islamabad, Imran Khan welcomed the start of intra-Afghan peace negotiations in Doha, asking Afghan leaders to seize the historic opportunity and work collectively for stabilizing their country.

All Afghan parties must work for a reduction in the violence leading to a ceasefire, the premier stressed, promising that Pakistan would support whatever decision the Afghans took on the future of their country.

The prime minister also conveyed the Afghan visiting dignitary his best wishes for a successful outcome of the Afghan peace process and hoped Abdullah’s trip would help open a new chapter in bilateral relations.

The prime minister also said that he was looking forward to his visit to Afghanistan in response to President Ashraf Ghani’s invitation.

This comes as Abdullah embarked on a three-day day tour to the eastern neighbor on Monday to confer on a myriad of issues with Pakistani authorities. Both the countries have so far reaffirmed their commitments to closer ties and the Afghan peace process.