AFGHAN GOVT MEDIATES PAK-TTP TALKS: FM AMIR MUTTAQI

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ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi Saturday confirmed that Kabul is mediating between the Pakistan government and banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for peace in the country.

In an exclusive interview to Saleem Safi on Geo News programme Jirga, Muttaqi said there is no individual of the Islamic Emirate but as a matter of policy the whole Islamic Emirate is mediating between the government of Pakistan and the banned TTP.

He expressed confidence that the talks will yield positive results. The foreign minister said that establishment of peace and end of war is in the interest of all.

Meanwhile, he said that Afghanistan welcomed the peace talks between the Pakistan government and TTP, with the undertaking that it would continue to support Islamabad in its peace endeavours.

The assurance came from Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who was on his maiden visit to Islamabad and speaking in a programme, arranged by Islamabad-based think-tank, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI), as a guest speaker.

The Afghan foreign minister told the gathering that the Taliban government had not dismissed a single woman and invited all of them back to work. He claimed that all anti-Pakistan elements had left Afghanistan, and expressed hope that the Pakistan-TTP peace process would be extended. 

“We will do everything we can to ensure that the territory of Afghanistan is not used against anyone. The people of this region have suffered a lot, and we must not allow the suffering to continue,” he said.  He dismissed the idea of integrating opposition leaders in the interim Afghanistan administration, stressing no state has the authority to force them to accept former governments’ representatives into the governance system. The Taliban already have constituted an inclusive government that included representatives from all ethnic groups across the country, he claimed.

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