Pakistan capable of persuading Taliban to observe truce: Atmar


KABUL: Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar has said Pakistan can play a useful role in swaying the Taliban to agree to a ceasefire. 
In a meeting with Pakistani Ambassador to Kabul Mansoor Ali Khan on Tuesday, Atmar called a truce a significant catalyst for ending violence and achieving peace in Afghanistan. 
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Atmar appreciated the efforts and contributions of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah MahmoodQureshi, and Ambassador Mansoor Khan in supporting the peace negotiations.
Meanwhile, for his part, the Pakistani envoy briefed Atmar on the latest Taliban representatives’ visit to Pakistan, highlighting Pakistan’s constructive role in the Afghan peace process.
The ambassador stated the growing level of violence in Afghanistan was a matter of concern for Islamabad. 
Ambassador Khan added that talks’ resumption in Doha, expansion of people-to-people relations, and strengthening economic and commercial ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan would be vital in enhancing the peace process.