Pakistan can’t dictate Taliban, but only advise: Fawad

Our Correspondent

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday categorically remarked that Pakistan could not dictate Afghan Taliban, but only advise them on formulation of an inclusive government in the land-locked country.

‘Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan, earlier in his speech in Bajaur, had advised former President Ashraf Ghani to formulate a government based on consensus instead of holding elections.

And now we have the same advice for the Taliban,’ he said in an interaction with the office bearers of Badin Press Club.

Flanked by Federal Minister for Inter provincial Coordination Dr Fehmida Mirza, Fawad said Taliban sat on negotiation table with the United States due to Pakistan’s efforts, but unfortunately, former president Ashraf Ghani did not show any interest in negotiating with the Taliban.

For boosting trade from Peshawar to Mazar-e-Sharif and Tashkent through trains and to reach Central Asian States via Afghanistan through trucks, peace and stability in the neighboring country was crucial, he said while pointing out Pakistan’s desire to link China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with the European Union.

Such steps, which would further boost economic activity in the region, could only become possible with stability in Afghanistan, he added.

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