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Pakistan says not responsible alone to bring Taliban to peace talks table

pakistan-says-not-solely-reponsible-for-Afghan-talksThe Pakistani government officials have said Islamabad is not responsible alone to bring the Afghan Taliban to peace talks table, a day after President Ghani said Afghanistan will no longer expect cooperation from the country in the Afghan peace process.

A spokesman for the Foreign office of Pakistan said Islamabad does not differentiate between the terror groups.

“Pakistan condemns all forms and manifestations of terrorism and it is committed in the fight against his menace,” according to a statement quoting Nafees Zakaria, spokesman for the Foreign Office of Pakistan.

The statement further added “Pakistan itself is the biggest victim of terrorism in which thousands of our security personnel have sacrificed their lives.”

“Pakistan hosted the first round of direct talks between Afghan government and Taliban but Pakistan alone is not responsible for bringing the Taliban back to the negotiating table,” the statement added.

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for sheltering the anti-government armed militant groups, including the notorious Haqqani terrorist network, blamed for major attacks in the country.

President Ghani participated in a gathering in Afghan parliament on Monday to announce the government’s stance on peace efforts and fight against terrorism.

The gathering was organized days after a deadly attack in capital Kabul last week, which left at least 64 dead and 347 wounded.

President Ghani said the Pakistani government should act responsibly in fight against terrorist groups, insisting that there should not be distinction between good and bad terrorists and immediate steps should be taken against the group’s leaderships based in Peshawar and Quetta.

He warned that Afghanistan will approach the UN Security Council and other international organizations to lodge complaint if necessary actions are not taken. -KP


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