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Kabul refuses to take Islamabad’s peace promises at face value

Kabul refuses to take Islamabad’s peace promises at face value

Nov 23, 2015 - 14:52

KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul could not trust Islamabad’s commitments to peace and stability in Afghanistan until terrorist safe heavens on Pakistan’s soil were dismantled, an official said on Monday.

Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman for the chief executive officer (CEO), said the government wanted peace and strived to resolve the ongoing conflict through talks, but Pakistan’spledges could not be taken at face value.

The official stressed Islamabad must stop aiding militant group and destroy terrorist infrastructure on its soil before playing a neutral role in the Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.

In recent weeks, senior Pakistani officials -- both civilian and military -- have reiterated thepromise of helping bring the Taliban and other insurgentoutfits to the negotiating table if the Afghan government so desired.

During his just-concluded visit to Washington, Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif met US Vice-President Joe Biden at the White House and discussed the security situation in Afghanistan.

“Both leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to peace in Afghanistan and the important role the United States and Pakistan can play to support a reinvigorated reconciliation process in coordination with Afghanistan,” the White House said.

In a series of tweets, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General Lt-Gen Asim Bajwasaid Gen Sharif and Biden stressed the early resumption of the reconciliation process with the Taliban to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan.

In July, Pakistan brokeredthe first round of direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government,with both sides stressing the need for the continuation of dialogue.

But the second round of talks, supported by the US and China, could not take place after the news of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was leaked to the media by Kabul.