November 24, 2014

International troops led to terrorism in Afghanistan: Jilani

By Sayed Jawad - Wed Mar 06 2013, 11:57 am

Pakistani foreign secretary JilaniPakistan’s foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Wednesday said the role of international coalition security forces had led to terrorism in war-torn Afghanistan.

Jilani quoted by Dawn News said terrorism  would continue to affect the country even after the withdrawal of Nato forces.

He also added that Pakistan’s army and intelligence agencies were in close contact with their Afghan counterparts over cooperation on security-related issues.

According to Jalil Abbas Jilani Pakistan had allocated funds for development projects in Afghanistan, adding that 20 million dollars were for assisting the Afghan National Army (ANA).

NATO-led coalition security forces are planning to end combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and efforts have been put in place to encourage the afghan government to engage the Taliban militants for peace talks in a bid to end the decade old Afghan war.

Despite the Taliabn group appears to be reluctant to sit in for peace talks with the Afghan government however a former Taliban minister recently revealed that the Afghan Taliban group is considering a ‘political solution’ in a bid to end a decade-long conflict in the country.

Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim, former head of the Taliban Political Commission and a close confidant of the militia’s elusive leader Mullah Omar said, “We must launch a political movement to achieve the goals for which we have made so many sacrifices.”

Reports also suggest that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Pakistan’s influential politico-religious leader met with the  representatives in the Qatari capital of Doha in an effort to broker peace talks between the ultraorthodox militia and the Hamid Karzai administration.

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