Pakistan to take further steps in Afghan peace talks
By Sayed Jawad - Thu Nov 29, 9:50 am
Pakistan and the United States have restored full military and intelligence ties after relations hit a low point last year, and Islamabad will take further steps to support a nascent Afghan peace process, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Wednesday.
She said Pakistan is more keen to assist Afghan peace process than any other issue since unstability threatens Pakistan which can motivate Pakistani Taliban to expand insurgency.
This comes as both the United States and Afghanistan have long regarded Pakistan as an unreliable partner in the drive to bring stability to Afghanistan, accusing Pakistan’s intelligence agency of backing Afghan insurgent groups.
“For us in Pakistan today, the most important capital in the world is Kabul,” said Khar, because instability there could spill over into Pakistan, and fuel its own Taliban insurgency.
Pakistan two weeks back freed a number of mid-level Taliban detainees to help accelerate the Afghan peace talks.
Hina Rabbani Khar said Pakistan will take futher steps to assist Afghan peace talks however she did not disclose further information regarding Islamabad’s steps.
In the meantime Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasool will reach Islamabad on Friday (tomorrow) to discuss reconciliation process related to Afghan Taliban with Pakistan’s military and political leadership.
According to sources the main purpose of Rasool’s visit is to pave the way for acquittal of important Taliban leader, Mullah Baradar whose role is considered as vital for negotiations and reconciliation with the Afghan Taliban.
Zalmay Rasool will also meet Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. The two will share views on the removal of Taliban leaders from the list of those who were declared terrorists by the UN.