Pakistan wants long-lasting peace in Afghanistan: Rashid

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Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Saturday said the top civil and military leadership was striving to bring both the Afghan government and Taliban on table for ensuring long-lasting peace in Afghanistan.

Addressing a public meeting, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Office were making all-out efforts in that regard.

He said that Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan, adding ‘Whatever the people of Afghanistan decide, we will accept.’

The minister categorically said that Pakistan would not allow any country to use its land for disturbing regional peace.

As regard to stranded people at Torkham, he said only those people who were vaccinated would be allowed to cross the border.

The decision to this effect was taken in the wake of new variants of the coronavirus pandemic, he added.

He said those who had not been vaccinated and tested positive, they would be sent for quarantine in the dedicated area. Torkham border is open for vaccinated people, he added.

After the Azad Kashmir elections, he said that the relations between the Opposition and government would improve, adding the present government will complete its constitutional tenure of five years.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had raised the voice of people of Kashmir all over the world and he would play a historic role in resolving the Kashmir issue.

Replying to a question, he said that Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was a ‘dead horse’ after failing to grab the attention of the people.

Inspector General of Police Khyber Pakhunkhwa, Moazzam Jah Ansari on Saturday said that the provincial government was closely monitoring the emerging situation across the border in Afghanistan and was prepared for any kind of situation.

Speaking at Peshawar Press Club, the IGP said that the emerging situation in Afghanistan would pose a great challenge for Khyber Pakthukhwa for which necessary preparations had been completed by closely monitoring the changing situation in Afghanistan and its impact on Khyber Paktkhunkhwa.

He said that fencing of border with Afghanistan was going smoothly, adding they have learn from our past experience.

He said that the morale of Khyber Pakhunkhwa police was very high and was fully prepared to protect life and properties of the citizens.

He said that the welfare and looking after of families of police martyrs was the top priority and assured that every possible financial help and other incentives would be provided at their doors step.

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