After the Taliban seized over the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday that the Afghan leaders had a “great responsibility” to work constructively together to lead Afghanistan on a path of long-term peace, stability, and prosperity.
The prime minister made the remarks at a meeting with an Afghan delegation of political leaders, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
“No other country is more desirous of peace and stability in Afghanistan than Pakistan,” the premier told the delegation.
According to the statement, Prime Minister Imran Khan voiced strong support and sympathy for the brotherly people of Afghanistan, who are connected to the people of Pakistan by immutable bonds of faith, history, geography, culture, and kinship.
Pakistan has also said that, although it supports the “peaceful” transfer of power in Afghanistan, it would not recognize the Taliban administration unilaterally, according to the statement.
The prime minister again emphasized the importance of all parties working together to achieve a political solution that is inclusive.
PM Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, assuring the team of Pakistan’s unwavering support for such efforts.
The Prime Minister underscored the importance of all sides working to secure an inclusive political solution.
Reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan assured of Pakistan’s steadfast support for efforts in this direction
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) August 17, 2021
According to the statement, the group members expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan for his hospitality and welcomed Pakistan’s assistance for the peace efforts.
“They emphasized the multi-ethnic nature of Afghan society and the importance of an inclusive dispensation,” it said, adding that the delegation reiterated the desire to further strengthen the brotherly relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
‘Pakistan seeks peace in Afghanistan’
Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) had said a day before that it wanted peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The news broke at a meeting convened to discuss the evolving situation in Afghanistan, which was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The NSC said that Pakistan had been a victim of Afghanistan’s decades-long war and wished for peace and stability in the region.