Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday said he had told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that Pakistan was prepared to assist with peace talks but could not bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table “and be asked to take action against them at the same time.”
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“Pakistan has no reason to want any violence in Afghanistan. The attacks on the Afghan government, and indeed on Pakistan, emanated from the vast areas in Afghanistan now under Taliban control,” he said while addressing the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
The prime minister said Pakistan undertook, at Ghani’s behest, to facilitate a dialogue between Kabul and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan, adding that the first round of intra-Afghan talks was held in Murree where both sides characterized the round as encouraging.
In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siavash discusses the topic with the following guests,
• Asadullah Saadati, MP
• Maulana Farid, political analyst