ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said, “Pakistan is trying to hold peace dialogue with Afghanistan.” In an interview, Sartaj Aziz said, “It was disappointing that some elements in Afghanistan were not willing to have the dialogue process with Pakistan.” “These elements are creating suspicion over Pakistan’s role,” he added. He said that, “The dialogue between Taliban and Afghan Govt was hindered by the Afghan Intelligence Agency,” he said. “The National Directorate of Security (NDS) issued reports regarding death of Mullah Omar, the former chief of Taliban, to the BBC which led to the cancellation of second session of dialogue between Taliban and the Afghan Government,” he added. “The doors for bilateral dialogues were further closed after the death of Mullah Omar’s successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a US drone strike,” he added. “Pakistan endeavors to have a dialogue process but the condemnable statements from Afghan politicians against Pakistan are negatively impacting the environment.” Reponding to a question, Sartaj said, “The situation in Afghanistan deteriorated after 2014 due to the massive withdrawal of international forces and increase in operations of armed insurgents.” “Afghanistan was discontent apparently due to upsurge in violence inside the country,” he said. Sartaj Aziz dispelled the claim of few Afghan leaders that Pakistan was aware of Mullah Omar’s death but it kept the information hidden.
Commenting on the incomprehensible statement of Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani at the Heart of Asia Conference recently held in Amritsar, Sartaj stated that, “His remarks indicated the growing frustration in Afghanistan.”NNI
ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saturday said that Pakistan was committed to promotion of environment of peace and stability...Read more