Pakistan and Afghanistan to begin stalled dialogue process between Afghan government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan during Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s expected visit to the country next week, it was learnt.
Highly placed sources told Business Recorder that Islamabad would be a hub of important activities on regional situation particularly Afghanistan next week on the eve of Heart of Asia – Istanbul process, being held on 9 December 2015. President Ghani is expected to jointly inaugurate the moot with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The sources said that foreign ministers from 14 participating and 17 supporting countries have been invited to attend the crucial meeting which would conclude with endorsement of Islamabad Declaration on enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting economic connectivity.
“If he [Ghani) is arriving, he would proceed on the understanding made during the trilateral meeting held in Paris with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and British premier David Cameron to jointly promote the Afghan peace process with legitimate political actors”, a senior government official said while requesting anonymity. “Both leaders agreed to work with all those who would enter such a process as legitimate political actors and act alongside the Afghan government, against those who refuse to take the path of peace,” said the Prime Minister’s Office after the meeting which was held on the sidelines of the Climate Change conference in Paris on Monday.
The official further said the Prime Minister also reiterated Pakistan’s readiness to host another round of the Afghan government and the Taliban after successfully facilitating the first round of the direct interaction between the two in July 205. He said that Pakistan has already shared its assessment with Afghan leadership that the reconciliation was the only way forward for durable peace in Afghanistan and the region.
“We are sincerely co-operating with the Afghan government to facilitate the Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process and have also shared our assessment of the prospects of both, the peace talks and use of force”, the official added. When asked as to what specific measures could jointly be taken against those elements who refuse to take the path of peace, the official said that it could be co-ordinated actions against those who are reluctant to renounce insurgency.
Source: Business Recorder