Taliban delegation calls on Prime Minister Imran Khan

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By Ashrafuddin Pirzada

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the Taliban Political Commission (TPC) headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.

The discussions, during the meeting, were focused on the progress in the Afghan peace process and the way forward.

PM Imran Khan reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. Khan underlined that the Intra-Afghan negotiations provide a historic opportunity for the Afghan leaders for achieving durable peace and stability through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. The Prime Minister expressed hope that the Afghan parties would continue to build on the recent positive developments in the Intra-Afghan Negotiations.

Prime Minister Imran Khan underscored Pakistan’s consistent support to an inclusive, broad-based, and comprehensive political settlement. He also underlined the need to be vigilant about the role of spoilers, who continue to make attempts to disrupt and derail the peace process.
The Prime Minister expressed concern over the high level of violence and called on all sides the reduction of the violence leading to a ceasefire.

The Prime Minister highlighted that return of peace and stability in Afghanistan would provide a strong impetus to economic development, regional integration, and connectivity, benefitting Afghanistan and the region.
The TPC delegation’s visit is part of Pakistan’s serious efforts to facilitate the Afghan peace process to achieve a peaceful, stable, united, independent, sovereign, and prosperous Afghanistan.