Pakistan’s Qureshi holds talks with Taliban team and calls for peace in Afghanistan – world news

Pakistan has expressed hope for peace in Afghanistan, but at the same time declared that the responsibility for reducing violence in that country “cannot be borne by the Taliban alone”.

The comments were made by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday following a meeting with an Afghan Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Qureshi said Pakistan wants to reduce violence and seek a ceasefire. “A comprehensive and inclusive settlement is required for a stable Afghanistan,” he told the media.

A delegation from the Taliban Political Commission (TPC), led by Baradar, arrived under strict security in Islamabad on Wednesday on a three-day trip during which the delegation will also meet Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In his press conference, Qureshi said that peace talks have started now, but the expected reduction in violence has not yet been observed.

“This responsibility cannot be placed on the shoulders of the Taliban alone. All sides have a role to play, ”he said, adding that there are many reasons for the violence and the Afghan delegation shared its views with Pakistan on the issue.

“From their discussions I could see the seriousness of the peace,” added Qureshi.

He also announced that the next US-Afghan Taliban round of talks for peace in Afghanistan would begin on January 5th. He said the location has not yet been decided.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan had once expressed its view in the discussions that there was no military solution for a lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Pakistan would continue to support “an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement for lasting peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region.”

The visit comes days after the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, announced that the Afghan peace process had reached a “significant milestone”.

Khalilzad said on Twitter that both sides have recognized a tripartite agreement that sets out the rules and procedures for negotiating a political roadmap and a “comprehensive ceasefire”.

Pakistan welcomed the announcement of the agreement and said that it reflected “a joint determination of the parties to secure a negotiated solution”.

But it also warned the world of spoilers in the peace process, saying New Delhi was against peace and stability in the war-torn country.