Afghan peace process should be guarded against spoilers: Qureshi


KABUL: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and leader of the Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar have discussed the Afghan peace process and strengthening of bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Hekmatyar is on a three-day visit to the country at the invitation of Pakistan’s foreign ministry. 

A statement issued by the Pakistani foreign ministry said Qureshi welcomed Hekmatyar’s delegation in Islamabad and underscored the historic ties of amity and brotherhood between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to further strengthen the close fraternal relations between the two countries, the source said.

Pakistan had always supported a peaceful, stable, united, democratic, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan had consistently underlined that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, the statement added.

According to the statement, Qureshi also underlined the importance of exercising vigilance and guarding against the role of ‘spoilers’, both within and outside.

He also talked about the return of Afghan refugees to their homeland with dignity and honor as part of the peace process.