Pakistan wants success of Afghan peace talks, says Imran Khan


KABUL: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says that his country wants the success of the ongoing Afghan peace talks but a future Kabul government should not allow India to operate from its territory against Pakistan.

At an interview with Der Spiegel, a German weekly magazine, Khan said no one could predict how things will go in Afghanistan. “What I can say is that after Afghanistan, the country that wants peace most is Pakistan,” he added.

He said that his country had no favorites in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s only interest was that the future Afghan dispensation should not allow India to operate from Afghanistan against Pakistan.

Stability in Afghanistan will benefit Pakistan because it connects Central Asian countries economically, he said, adding that lessons should be learned from the past and the two countries should ponder over the future and move forward.

Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah and Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar have recently visited Pakistan to seek the country’s support to the intra-Afghan talks.

Intra-Afghan talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban started in Qatar in September but no breakthrough has so far been made in the process. Recently, reports suggest a mediator would come to the fore and break the deadlock between the negotiating sides.