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Pakistan lauded for hosting Afghan peace talks

Pakistan lauded for hosting Afghan peace talks

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party central president Asfandyar Wali Khan has lauded the role of Pakistan for facilitating and hosting negotiations between the Afghan government and Taliban.

In a statement issued here on Wednesday, he said that ANP believed in reconciliation and talks because disputes could be resolved through peaceful means. He said that the ongoing peace process required sincere efforts because peace and stability was in the larger interest of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Now both sides have started negotiations then it should reach logical end because Afghan people had great expectations from the ongoing talks between the government and Taliban,” the ANP leader said.

The Pakistan government hosted first round of talks between Taliban and Afghan government that ended in Islamabad on Wednesday. He said that the ongoing process might face hard times despite that both parties should remain steadfast.

Mr Khan said that Pakistan and Afghanistan had suffered badly owing to war and militancy and both countries should take serious steps to uproot terrorism. He said that restoration of peace through dialogue was very important step and ANP appreciated positive role of Pakistan in that regard.

He said that Islamabad had played crucial role in bringing Afghan government and Taliban to the negotiation table. He called for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Afghan government to resolve contemporary issues between the two countries.

Published in Dawn, July 9th, 2015

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