US should work with countries having influence on Taliban, says Pakistan

Khawajah-AsifISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign minister Khwajah Asif has said the United State should work with the countries having influence on Taliban in a bid to open door for peace talks and end the conflict in Afghanistan.

Reaffirming Islamabad’s stance against militaristic approach to Afghanistan issue, Asif told The Wall Street Journal in Islamabad that the new approach through military means represents the failed policy of the previous US administration.

Asif further added that the Obama administration could not achieve peace and stability by deploying forces almost eight times more than what is planned now.

He said the only solution for the violence to be ended in Afghanistan is peace talks, insisting that Washington should work with the countries having influence on Taliban to resume negotiations which he believes can be arranged if Washington work with the countries.

This come as pressures on the rise on Islamabad since President Donald Trump announced the new strategy of the United States for Afghanistan and Washington as he strongly criticized Pakistan for remaining reckless regarding the terror sanctuaries threatening Afghanistan and the region.

The Afghan and US officials have long been criticizing Islamabad for remaining reckless to act against the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network sanctuaries as they claim that the leadership councils of the two groups are based in the key cities of Pakistan from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan, including some of the deadly attacks on US forces.

While announcing the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia last month, the US President Donald Trump strongly criticized Pakistan regarding the terror sanctuaries, saying  “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.  The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict.  And that could happen.” -KP

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