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Sartaj assures support for Afghan-owned reconciliation process

ISLAMABAD: Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said on Sunday that peace talks with Taliban is a complicated task but there isn’t any external pressure on the government over the matter, ARY News reported.

Speaking to media in Islamabad on Sunday, Sartaj Aziz said Afghan Taliban isn’t capable enough to capture Baghdad.

“Following the Pakistan’s declaration for not having any kind of favoritism for Taliban in Afghanistan, the bilateral relations of the two countries strengthened greatly”, he added.

 The Advisor assured that no activity will be allowed from Pakistan’s border that could harm the elections in Afghanistan. He also declared to assist the Afghan refugees, who wanted to cast vote in the Afghan elections. 

Sartaj Aziz vowed to support Afghan-owned reconciliation process for peace and stability in the region. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured President Hamid Karzai to support Afghan reconciliation process.

Earlier addressing on the occasion Sartaj Aziz said that after the withdrawal of NATO forces‚ neighboring countries including China and Pakistan will have an important role in the development of Afghanistan.

“Pakistan needs to play the most important role after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan as shipment of combat equipment worth $35 billion would be en route to Pakistan”, advisor added.

Former Chief of ISI Asad Durrani, Khursheed Shah, General Rtd. Talat Masood and some other attendees also addressed on the occasion.



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