No military solution to conflict in Afghanistan, says Pakistani PM


ISLAMABAD, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward, according to the Prime Minister Office of Pakistan.

In a meeting here with visiting Ahmad Wali Massoud, head of Massoud Foundation in Afghanistan, the Pakistani prime minister said that his country has been emphasizing to all sides to work together constructively, take steps for reduction of violence leading to ceasefire, and secure a political solution for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

The Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said earlier this week that the visit of Massoud who arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday, is part of Pakistan’s policy to reach out to political leadership in Afghanistan and deepen people-to-people linkages.

A statement from the Prime Minister Office said that Khan highlighted that Pakistan had extended full support to facilitate the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement and the initiation of intra-Afghan negotiations.

“The prime minister added that after Afghanistan, Pakistan was the most desirous to see return of peace in Afghanistan as it was deeply affected by the conflict,” according to the statement.

He stressed that the intra-Afghan negotiations provided a historic opportunity which must be seized by the Afghan leadership to achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

Khan underscored that the return of peace in Afghanistan will have lasting benefits for the region and beyond, through economic development, regional trade, and improved connectivity. Enditem


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