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Diplomatic surge needed for Afghan Peace: Maleeha Lodhi

NEW YORK: At the United Nation, Pakistan called for a diplomatic surge in Afghanistan while reminding the world body that Prime Minister Imran Khan had long urged a political settlement to end the war. Speaking in the General Assembly in the debate on the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said there was a clear international consensus that durable peace could only be achieved through a political settlement. “For close to two decades”, Ambassador Lodhi said, “Pakistan’s Prime…

US envoy on Afghan peace to arrive in Pakistan tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The United States (US) Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday in an effort to expedite Afghan peace process. According to the details, the US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad, during his visit, will hold important meetings with civil and military leadership and take them into confidence over US dialogues with the Afghan Taliban. Diplomatic sources said that Zalmay Khalilzad will seek Pakistan's support to expedite the Afghan peace process. It is…

Pakistan committed to Afghan peace and stability, Janjua says

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua on Wednesday reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability in war-torn Afghanistan.  Addressing Islamabad International Counter Terrorism Forum here, he said the country has always extended a helping hand to the neighboring country. He said Pakistan respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, adding that both countries have rendered great sacrifices in the war on terrorism. Janjua said Pakistan rendered immense sacrifices in the…

Tehmina Janjua calls for Afghan govt, Taliban talks for lasting peace

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has reiterated Pakistan's calls for making serious efforts for negotiated settlement between the Afghan government and Taliban to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan.  The Foreign Secretary was speaking at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Contact Group on Afghanistan in Moscow. The meeting was chaired by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov while deputy foreign ministers of Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan,…