Stick to US troop drawdown, Pakistan calls on Biden


KABUL: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his country was hoping for more significant interaction with the incoming US administration, calling on Joe Biden to follow up on the ongoing Afghan peace process and the withdrawal of US troops from the country.
“I think they [Biden administration] should realize there is an opportunity in Afghanistan, and they should persevere with what was initiated and not reverse things,” Qureshi told Al Jazeera on Thursday.
“Push them forward because, after a long time, we have started moving in the right direction,” he added.
In the meantime, intra-Afghan negotiations are underway in the Qatari capital, Doha, between the Afghan government and the Taliban delegation, but progress remains slow. 
In recent weeks, there has been a rise in crimes, with an increase in targeted attacks and bombings around the country – for which the Afghan government has blamed the Taliban.