On Monday, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said that the undeclared war between Afghanistan and Pakistan must end and Pakistan should support the direct talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban.
In response to a question at the School of Advanced international Studies of the John Hopkins University, Ghani said, “We have not supported any movement against Pakistan from Afghanistan. The Afghan soil is not being used. We’ve exercised immense restraint and control because we seek a cooperative relationship”.
Ghani said that if Islamabad supports Kabul in peace process then it will be in its favour to connect with central Asia, without stable Afghanistan it will not be possible. He said, “We are the key to Central Asia. How will Pakistan get to Central Asia without a stable Afghanistan?”
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Afghan President also mentioned about US’ South Asia strategy and said that Afghanistan have engaged in several rounds of discussions with US and have arrived at a document on what need to be done to reduce the violence and to establish the peace in the region.
Ghani said, “From the day that President Donald Trump announced the South Asia strategy, I extended the hand of friendship. We have engaged in several rounds of discussion”.
Ghani also urged Pakistan to have the sense of urgency for peace talks and showed interest to keep engaging with Pakistan. He said, “We have not yet seen the sense of urgency. We hope that sense of urgency can be brought to the picture. We have a framework which is a Afghanistan-Pakistan agreement. The key is to move from talking to taking action”.
He said, “Our national interest is to keep engaging with Pakistan. We seek a stable Pakistan. We need to see substantive and measurable change. As of now that substantive and measurable change with the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has not been seen. This is what needs to take place”.