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Pakistan oppose military action against Afghan Taliban leaders in its soil

Sartaj-Aziz-2The Pakistani authorities have opposed military action against the Afghan Taliban leaders days after President Ghani called on Islamabad to take actions against the group’s leaderships based in Peshawar and Quetta cities.

The country’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz has said such a policy had not brought results for 14 long years.

“Afghanistan has been insisting that if the peace negotiations do not start, then other option should be tried. But that option has been used for 14 years but it has not produced any result,” he said.

President Ghani ordered the Afghan security institutions to start crackdown against the Taliban groups pursuing violence and asked Islamabad to take actions against the sanctuaries of the groups in its soil.

The remarks by President Ghani followed a deadly attack in capital Kabul on a VIP protection unit which left at least 64 people dead and 347 others wounded.

In his remarks to announce the government’s stance towards peace efforts and fight against terrorism, President Ghani also added that Kabul expect Pakistan to bring the Taliban to the negotiation table”.

However, Aziz said “Results cannot be achieved in weeks but it takes time. I do not see any other option to bring peace to Afghanistan.”

The remarks by Aziz comes as a Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) comprising of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and United States representatives was formed to revive the stalled Afghan peace talks.

However, the Taliban group rejected the proposed direct peace talks and announced their spring offensive earlier last month. -KP


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