PAKISTAN NEWS: Pakistani Qureshi holds talks with Taliban delegation, calling for peace in Afghanistan

The Taliban Political Commission (TPC) team arrived in Islamabad safely on Wednesday in a three-day trip.

Pakistan has expressed hope for peace in Afghanistan, but at the same time said the burden of reducing violence in that country “cannot be borne by the Taliban alone”.

This was stated by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday following a meeting with the Afghan Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Qureshi said Pakistan wanted to reduce violence and wanted to move forward to stop fighting. “For a stable Afghanistan, it needs a comprehensive and inclusive environment,” he told reporters.

A delegation from the Taliban Political Commission (TPC), led by Baradar, arrived in Islamabad under tight security on Wednesday for a three-day trip where the delegation will meet again with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

In a press conference, Qureshi said peace talks had begun, but the expected decline in violence had not yet been confirmed.

“This task cannot be left to the Taliban alone. All parties will have to take part, ”he said, adding that there were many reasons for the violence and the Afghan delegation had shared their views with Pakistan on the issue.

“In their discussions, I have seen the importance of finding peace,” Qureshi said.

He also announced that the next round of talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban for peace in Afghanistan would begin on January 5. He said the area was yet to be decided.

The Foreign Minister said that during the talks, Pakistan had once expressed its view that there was no military solution to the ongoing peace in Afghanistan.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that Pakistan will continue to support inclusive, comprehensive and comprehensive political support for lasting peace, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region.

The visit comes just days after US Reconciliation representative Zalmay Khalilzad announced that Afghanistan’s peace process had reached a “critical level”.

Khalilzad said on Twitter the two sides had identified a three-page agreement that included rules and procedures for negotiations on political policy and “a complete ban on fighting”.

Pakistan has welcomed the agreement, saying it reflects “the same determination of the parties to a negotiated agreement”.

But it also warned the world about plunderers in the peace process, saying New Delhi was opposed to peace and stability in a war-torn country.

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