Afghan special rep Daudzai in Pakistan for peace quest


KABUL: Afghanistan’s Special Envoy for Pakistan Mohammad Umar Daudzai arrived in Islamabad on Sunday to discuss the Afghan peace process and bilateral relations with the host country’s authorities.

In addition to talks on the peace process, Pakistani media reported, Daudzai would also attend a seminar of traders of both countries in order to explore ways to boost bilateral trade and remove hurdles in the transit trade.

Earlier, the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) Leader Hekmatyar had also visited the neighboring country, whereby both sides had exchanges of views about the peace process and bilateral relations.

Pakistan calls the recent advances in state visits part of its policy of outreach to Afghan leaders.

Pakistan’s ambassador in Kabul Mansoor Ahmad Khan has said Pakistan believed that after decades of conflict and instability, there was a historic opportunity to move towards a sustained, inclusive and lasting political settlement in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan has a policy of expanding its outreach to all Afghan leaders and politicians so that conditions for the intra-Afghan negotiations remain conducive and the process continues to move forward. We are in touch with President Ashraf Ghani and his government,” Khan was reported as saying by Daily Times.

He informed of inviting other Afghan political figures in the future as well.

This comes as the intra-Afghan talks that were launched in Doha of Qatar on Sept. 12 have faced a stalemate, primarily due to disputes over finalizing some points in the working procedures and technicalities.